The Leander First Lady, She’s 10,000 Years Young!

The Leanderthal Lady
Leanderthal Lady Placard

This placard unravels the mystery that is The Leanderthal Lady

Everyone knows if you’re looking for a Leander moving company then there is only one name in the game. But did you also know that Sir Austin has a HUGE crush on The Leanderthal Lady? Discovered in 1983, The Leanderthal Lady is a prehistoric woman that was found at the Wilson-Leonard Site located in Brushy Creek, which is by the way a Native American campsite. The discovery was made by the Texas Department of Transportation and the remains were given the affectionate name of Leanne. You’ve probably guessed that the discovery gave rise to the naming of the City of Leander itself and after this article you’ll see why Sir has such a huge crush on this mystery lady! Carbon dated testing and analyses estimates The Leanderthal Lady to be between 10,000 and 13,000 years old and Leanne was about 5 foot 3 inches (the same height as Sir!) and was approximately 18 to 30 around the time of her death. The discovery was one of the most significant archaeological finds in North America due to the fact that it was one of the most complete human skeleton finds around the same time period.

Texas Highway Department archeologists made the finding on Dec. 29, 1982 and they quickly realized it was the skeleton of a prehistoric human female. Leanne was found at the Wilson-Leonard Brushy Creek Site and was named The Leanderthal Lady because of her proximity to the town of Leander. Because of the intact nature of the skeleton the finding has been a rich resource of information for countless archeologists. Another prehistoric site that was discovered in the area has produced evidence that the location was actually a major camping ground for a number of people of the time. There are more than 150 firepits and a number of projectile points that have spearheaded this discovery.

Slice Of The Leanne

This is a sliced in half photo of the remains of Leanne

Leanderthal Lady Map

This map marks the spot to The Leanderthal Lady

Whoever buried Leanne went through the trouble to first prepare a spot for the burial. Accounts online say that the hole she was found in was intentionally dug, indicating that she did receive what we think of today as a burial. Her body was placed on its side in what amounts to a flexed position with her knees up, her arms crossed and her hand placed directly beneath her head. Laying next to her was a sandstone tool that had obviously been used extensively. They chose a shallow grave for her that was located next to a small stream. To finalize the burial they placed a slab of limestone over her burial site possibly to make sure that her body stay wrapped or possibly to mark the grave.

Wilson Leonard Marker

Everything you need to know about the Wilson Leonard historical site

Photo Of Leanne

This is one of my favorite pics of the mystery lady

The burial site was covered by sediment quickly and laid undisturbed throughout the years, even though there were countless other hunting and gathering groups that set up camps and lived in the area years after. After the the Texas Department of Transportation discovered Leanne, which was renamed Wilson-Leonard after the people who owned the land. The Leanderthal Lady told a powerful story to the archaeologists that first examined her and even though she would be considered young to die by today’s standards, she was actually middle-aged for the time and was between 18 to 25. There wasn’t any signal of disease or that she had other health problems, outside of the fact she had tooth decay. By now I’m sure you can see why Leanne has been on Sir Austin’s mind so incessantly, oh who is this mystery lady!!!

Leanderthal Lady Reconstruction

This is how they reconstructed the likeness of The Leanderthal Lady

History of Leander Texas

This placard takes you through a brief history of the City of Leander

Bones Of Leanderthal Lady

Leanne was way before your time

Leanderthal Lady Marker

Marker where they first discovered Leanne

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