Remains of what are believed to be three French settlers, shown following excavation. Image courtesy of Texas Historical Commission.
The fragmentary remains of three individuals were found co-mingled in a small pit at the Fort St. Louis site and were carefully excavated by archeologists from the Texas Historical Commission. Forensic anthropologist Gil King of North Texas State University, working with FBI forensic specialists, analyzed the bones, searching for clues about the identity of the individuals, what their lives had been like, and how they had died. King also weighed his findings against historic documents, particularly General Alonso De León's 1689 report describing the discovery of the bodies of three French settlers and the subsequent burial, as well as other records of the time.