Discovery of Native American burial site pauses renovation on section of 405 Freeway

Centuries sooner than the looks of housing tracts and highways, Native Americans had been making Orange County their dwelling.

On occasion, a reminder of their early ancestors’ presence taps trendy civilization on the shoulder, as a result of it did Sept. 25 when a constructing crew unearthed bones subsequent to the 405 Freeway.

The uncover launched excavation to a screeching halt alongside the overpass – one of 18 slated for widening inside the $1.9 billion enchancment enterprise.

“Work remains stopped in the area while all established procedures are followed,” Orange County Transportation Authority spokesman Eric Carpenter acknowledged.

The Orange County coroner’s office established that the bones are human, acknowledged Artin Baron, supervising deputy coroner. “An archaeologist determined that artifacts throughout the bones signify Native American stays.”

Baron acknowledged he does not have particulars concerning the artifacts or the age of the bones. “It was not a coroner’s case, so we immediately turned it over to the California Native American Heritage Commission,” he acknowledged.

Discovery of Native American stays in Orange County is not unusual, Baron acknowledged, occurring as a minimum a couple of times a year.

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