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Native American Remains Unearthed in Southeast Alaska



October 03, 2015
Saturday PM

(SitNews) Haines, Alaska - A delivery of dirt for constructing new aviaries at the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines contained part of a human skull, according to a report from Alaska Public Media. At first, the volunteers who discovered the bone did not recognize what they had found. “Everyone was pretty much just in shock - eyes wide, jaws dropped. This doesn’t happen to real people, this is something that you’d only see in a movie or something,” said raptor curator Chloe Goodson.

Haines police responded to the call, and brought in anthropologist Anastasia Wiley, who determined that the remains are those of a Native American woman who was at least 40 years old at the time of death, most likely sometime before 1700.

“If it’s truly an antiquity, and we believe it is based on our limited knowledge of it, then the medical examiner will simply turn it back over to us to release to the family and in this case the family would be the descendants, which in this case would be the local Native organizations,” explained Interim Police Chief Robert Griffiths.

The site where the dirt originated will also be examined.


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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Ancient human remains found in dirt pile in Haines By Jillian Rogers, KHNS - Haines - Human remains were found in a pile of dirt on Monday afternoon in Haines. - Read or listen to this story...
Alaska Public Media - Story By Jillian Rogers, KHNS - Haines


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