Skeletal remains believed to be from a Native American adult man — hundreds of years old — were unearthed Thursday, in Hillsdale County, Michigan.
Local media reports say preliminary results by Michigan State University Anthropologists show the skeletal remains found near the Lenawee/Hillsdale County line are of a Native American adult. They believe the bones belong to a male and are between 400 and 1,000 years old, but say they won’t know the exact age of the bones or gender until testing is complete.
The remains — a skull and bones from a body — were discovered by construction workers in Pittsford Township on Nov. 19, according to the Michigan State Police Jackson Post.
Crews were excavating a gravel pit when the skull reportedly was picked up by a front-loader, moved a few hundred yards before rolling out and being discovered by workers, the Hillsdale Daily News Reports.
Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Michigan State Police troopers and MSP forensic investigators closed the scene and erected a barrier to prevent public access during the investigation.
According to the Hillsdale Daily News article, this isn’t the first time skeletal remains have been found near this work site as it sits about a mile from a cemetery.
No other remains were found by the anthropologists.