Saturday, October 09, 2004


Skulls found at state site for bridge work


The Seattle Times
By The Associated Press

PORT ANGELES — A pit containing 14 skulls has been found at a state Department of Transportation construction yard here, Lower Elwha Klallam tribal officials say.

The yard, being used to build pontoons for Hood Canal Bridge reconstruction, was found to be the site of a Klallam village that could be more than 1,700 years old.

Construction has been halted at the waterfront site while archaeologists and tribal members work to remove remains and artifacts.

This is the first mass grave on the 22.5-acre site to be found containing only skulls, tribal chairwoman Frances G. Charles said.

The skulls, found last week, will be placed in a specially created cedar burial box, to be interred along with other remains uncovered at the site.

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