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August 22, 2002
By HAL DARDICK
KENDALL COUNTY, Illinois -- "Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall closed
the investigation into a skull found by natural gas pipeline workers after
it was determined the remains were from a Native American burial ground,
Randall said Wednesday.
An Illinois State Police anthropologist called to the site Tuesday
discovered clam shells and an arrowhead--signs of a Native American burial
ground--near the skull, Randall said.
After that, jurisdiction over the site was handed off to the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency, which enforces the Illinois Human Skeletal
Remains Protection Act, a law governing how historic human remains found in
unmarked cemeteries are handled.
The Preservation Agency also is working with the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, which has jurisdiction over the pipeline being laid by Guardian
One of the company's workers Monday afternoon spotted a skull, with some
teeth visible, in a pipeline ditch atop a bluff near Millhurst and Burr Oak
Roads in unincorporated Fox Township. Another small bone, perhaps washed out
of the ditch's wall by recent rains, also was found in the ditch.
Guardian Pipeline already has hired an archeologist to help determine how to
handle the site."
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