Crews Try to Identify Bones Near Blown-Up Levee

7 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 28 2011 Jun 28, 2011 Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:34:00 PM CDT June 28, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Department of Natural Resources and state archaeologists are trying to identify possibly ancient bone fragments unearthed last month when a Mississippi
River levee was intentionally breached to relieve flooding.

It's not immediately clear if the bones possibly from ancient tribal communities could delay the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rebuilding the Birds Point levee the agency blew up last month in southeast Missouri's Mississippi County. The Southeast Missourian reports that more than 143 bone fragments range from chips to jaw parts and a nearly complete femur.

Mark Seesing of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association's disaster response team says his research found there was no cemetery near the site, leading to speculation the fragments either were from an early Missouri homesteading family or from a native burial mound.

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