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Human Bones Found At Corcoran State Prison

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CORCORAN, Calif (KMPH) -

A construction crew working on a multi-million dollar solar panel project at Corcoran State Prison made the discovery of a lifetime. Human remains were unearthed possibly from a Native American Indian buried some 500 years old.

Crews found the lower jawbone with teeth, a femur, part of the pelvis and other bones in the soil.

Correctional officers say after the Kings County coroner determined the remains likely belong to an adult Native American man, members of the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokut Tribe were called in to look at them.

Corcoran State Prison, Lt. Anthony Baer says, "Members of the tribe have come out and have determined the remains are in fact human. They have already performed a ceremonial ground covering for them."

A report from the tribe says several artifacts were removed but the bones were too brittle to move. So the tribe decided to leave them buried.

During a special ceremony, tribe members placed a layer of sterile soil and covered the bones with a concrete slab.

Meanwhile, the solar panel project continues.

But across the street, phase two of the project had to be put on hold.

Lt. Baer says, "An underground dump site was discovered and more artifacts were unearthed. So right now, the crew is waiting on members from the Tachi Palace to come out and exhume the items and determine if they are Native American."

An interesting point, the report emailed to KMPH News states if six human individuals are found close enough together, the area will be recognized by the state of California as a sacred burial ground.

That means the solar project could not continue.

Construction crews are now digging very carefully examining the soil.

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