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Construction Workers Find Human Bones, Artifacts

Construction workers digging at the site said it was a typical afternoon until their shovels hit something unexpected.

Thu May 07, 2015 - West Edition
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The website NBCRightNow is reporting that Construction workers digging at a site in Yakima, WA stumbled across human bones earlier this week, now Yakima tribal and state archaeologists are working to find out who these bones once belonged to.

Constructions workers digging at Central Washington RV on South 18th Street Monday morning said it was a typical afternoon until their shovels hit something unexpected.

“We had about six feet left to dig for our electrical conduit, so Skippy was digging by hand the rest of the way and that’s when we found the arm bone,” Construction worker Scott Quinn explained.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said they’ve found what they believe to be several pieces of an arm bone and several smaller finger bones. They also found an arrowhead and stone grinder.

“You know we dig up bones all the time like dogs, cows, whatever, but I started looking at them a little closer and I realized it was a human bone,” Quinn told us.

Several other workers saw the bones as well, Rafael Guerro was working close by, ”I just happened to be working over there and this guy called me and said Rafael come look, bones, and I told him I think these are human bones.”

They haven’t released the age of the bones, but Christine Moore, owner of Central Washington RV, says she overheard conversation that the bones could be thousands of years old, “One of the archaeologists was dating it like forty five hundred years old or something, so it’s pretty cool, it’s like Yakima’s oldest known campsite.”

The State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation has been called in to assist with the investigation, they were at the site on Wednesday along with local tribal officials.

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