Native American Remains Found in Eastham

archeologyEASTHAM – Native American remains were found in Eastham this week during a dig to install a septic system for the new town library.

Town workers were digging a hole for the septic system at the site near Eastham Town Hall Wednesday when they saw bones and teeth that looked like human remains.

The workers contacted the police department and police halted work on the site. Eastham Police Chief Edward Kulhawik said police then contacted the state Medical Examiner’s Office as well as the State Archeologist to examine the remains.

The state chief archeologist, Jonathan Patton, came to the site to examine the remains on Thursday and estimated them to be 600-year-old Native American remains, Kulhawik said.

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“He checked the area very, very closely,” Kulhawik said, adding that Patton worked with the Commission on Indian Affairs to make the identification.