Bones found during 405 Freeway work

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ORANGE (CNS) – The San Diego (405) Freeway widening project hit a snag
recently when human remains believed to be of Native American descent were
found during excavations, a spokesman for the Orange County Transportation
Authority said today.
Construction workers found the bones on Sept. 25, said Eric Carpenter
of the OCTA.
OCTA officials are prohibited by law from providing a location or
description of a grave or sacred places, Carpenter said. Agency officials are
also concerned that revealing where the remains were found might encourage some
to go exploring.
After the bones were found construction was halted immediately and
officials consulted with an archeologist and the county coroner, Carpenter
said. Officials suspect the bones are human and of Native American descent, he
said.
OCTA is consulting with the California Native American Heritage
Commission on how to proceed, Carpenter said.
“The commission determines a most likely descendant from a local
Native American tribe,” Carpenter said. “OCTA and its partners recognize the
cultural sensitivity of the issue and will work with all the parties involved
to ensure appropriate and respectful procedures are followed.”
It is not clear if the discovery will affect when construction is
completed.

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