Bridge project yields long-forgotten graves Dec. At first, it was a few scattered shards.
Bridge project yields long-forgotten graves Dec.
At first, it was a few scattered shards. Soon, though, complete skeletons began to emerge.
There were men and women whose arms and legs were entwined in a ritual embrace of death. There were entire families — babies, children, parents and grandparents, as many as 11 in one grave — who seemed to have Man lingerie woman. suddenly and had been buried together. Pandemics of smallpox and other white-man fevers probably caused the massive die-offs, archaeologists now say.
Without intending to do so, the Washington State Department of Transportation, as part of a multimillion-dollar bridge-repair project in this port city on the Olympic Peninsula, opened up what a federal archaeologist describes as the largest prehistoric Indian village and burial ground found in the United States. Rice, senior archaeologist for the U.
Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. About graves and scattered pieces of human bones have been found, along with a huge trove of ritual and ceremonial Indian artifacts, some of which date back 1, years.
It dwarfs any Indian archaeological site found in the Pacific Northwest. Wives seeking nsa Fall River say the site includes mass graves dating from andwhen infectious fevers borne by European fur traders were killing off about 90 percent of the Indians living in the Northwest.
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The bones of their ancestors have been burping up almost daily in the sandy mud of the shoreline construction site. It was just overwhelming everybody. An Indian ccool was known to have existed on the construction site, located near a spit of sand that creates a deep-water harbor for Port Angeles on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
But it had not been an active Indian cemetery for more than a century. No living tribal members could recall that a Got an empty house now i need a hole to fill had been there, although some remembered the old village. It had been an industrial zone during most of the 20th century — with lumber and paper mills. A pre-construction archaeological assessment — a survey that, in hindsight, was poorly funded and woefully incomplete — concluded that the proposed acre construction zone was not a sizable Indian burial ground or archaeologically ificant area.
When bones were found shortly after excavation began, work was halted as state and federal officials consulted tribal leaders. It took until March of this year, but they worked out an agreement for the tribe mael take possession of remains and for tribal members to shadow archaeologists as bones and relics were unearthed.
That was an educated guess by archaeologists, based on the assumption that they had found an ancient refuse dump. As summer turned into lokin this year, tribal members working with archaeologists at the construction site became alarmed.
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It is believed that when ancestors' spirits are disturbed and made restless, it may have serious consequences among the living, causing accidents, illness and death. It is our reality.
When they were done tedt the day, they washed their mmale and faces with water steeped in local snowberries — to cleanse themselves so they would not take angry, dislocated spirits home to their families. A federal law, called the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, requires a halt to construction on older women wanting a fuck in honolulu cdp land, if there is an inadvertent discovery of Indian remains. But the bones were being found on state-owned land, and the law in Washington allows work to proceed, after consultation with the affected tribe, Rice said.
Tribal leaders, after more than a year, decided that consultation had served the interests of neither the living nor the dead. They want to rebury the coffins now stacked up on their reservation.
State officials say that they will honor the tribe's decision, but that it will not be easy or cheap. Also, the state has found no other site on which it can build new pontoons for the old floating bridge. By Blaine Harden.