INDOT: Human skull unearthed in South Bend likely European

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An Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman says state archaeology experts believe a human skull unearthed during construction of a northern Indiana walking trail is that of an older adult of European descent.

INDOT spokesman Matt Deitchley tells the South Bend Tribune the person likely was buried in the late 1800s or early 1900s and the remains probably came from a county cemetery near where contractors were working. Youths found the skull April 20.

Archaeology experts from INDOT and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources examined the skull and site Thursday. Representatives from the Potawatomi and Miami Indians observed in case they were Indian remains.

St. Joseph County Coroner Michael McGann says skull may be reburied at the site once all parties agree to it.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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