Human Remains Found At Construction Site

By: Tim Wood

Remains found at excavation in Chatham Thursday. CHATHAM POLICE PHOTO

CHATHAM -- Human remains were uncovered Thursday at an Uncle Albert's Drive home during excavation for a swimming pool, according to police.

In a press release issued Friday morning, police said there appeared to be two to three sets of remains that are "very old," possibly part of a larger burial site.

A state anthropologist was scheduled to arrive at the site to work with police to determine the possible age and origins of the remains.

Police say there is no criminal investigation and the case has been turned over to the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office and the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Several recent discovery of human remains have been identified as Native American in origin.  Remains believed to be more than 100 years old were found at a construction site on Cross Street last July, and a skull was found on the property of the Atwood House Museum in December.  The skull had apparently been found on the outer beach and left on the museum grounds.  Both cases were investigated by the Medical Examiner's Forensic Anthropologist Division, according to police.