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Construction at the former Aquarena Springs amusement park has unearthed human remains believed to have been buried at the headwaters of the San Marcos River long before the first Spanish explorers set foot in what is now Texas.

Texas State archaeologist Jon C. Lohse said the bones were discovered on the peninsula that juts between Spring Lake and the Sink Creek slough but declined to say exactly where because the grave has not been excavated. Texas State University, which in 1994 bought the former tourist attraction made famous by Ralph the swimming pig, broke ground last month on a renovation of the property that includes demolition of the park’s old buildings and recasting the lake as the headquarters of the university’s Texas Rivers Center.

Lohse said the remains were discovered about a month ago and have not been disturbed. Because the construction site is legally a graveyard, the university must petition the county to terminate the cemetery dedication and acquire a permit to remove the remains, Lohse said. Read more.

Watching Heiltsuk First Nation members lower the remains of their ancestors into a grave made Simon Fraser University’s Catherine D’Andrea reflect about the value of archaeology. I thought about how it is sometimes viewed as a hobby with very limited practical value or relevance to the modern world,” says the chair of SFU’s archaeology department. 

Retired SFU archaeologist Roy Carlson originally excavated the human remains in 1977 – with permission from the Heiltsuk – in Namu, B.C., a former trading post and B.C. Packers cannery site near Bella Bella.

SFU worked closely with Heiltsuk chief Harvey Humchitt to arrange the return of the ancestral remains. Carlson and D’Andrea participated in a burial ceremony last Friday attended by about 100 people, including Heiltsuk chiefs and elders.

D’Andrea is impressed with the respect the Heiltsuk people have for their ancestors. Read more.

Medieval human remains could be lying underneath an area of land proposed for a new £1 million building at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, archaeologists have claimed.

A report by Shropshire Council’s Archaeology Service is recommending that a field evaluation is carried out to determine exactly what is below a piece of land at the college in Priory Road.

The area earmarked for the building is thought to have once been part of a cemetery for the Augustinian Friary, known as the Austin Friars, which established its first house in Shrewsbury in about 1254.

Archaeologists say the area has been identified by the Shrewsbury Urban Archaeological Assessment as a “key site” for the recovery of skeletal remains which could provide information on cemetery populations. Read more.

SANTA CRUZ - An Ohlone descendant continued working alongside archeologists at a housing site Tuesday to ensure culturally sensitive artifacts are protected, but it remains unclear how the city and developer will resolve her request not to build on the probable burial ground.

Bones believed to be that of a Native American child were discovered there in early August, sparking a demonstration over the weekend that resumed in front of the site Tuesday. Residents concerned about disturbing what they consider to be sacred ground are hoping the developer will stop building or in some other way protect the site.

Ann Marie Sayers, an Ohlone woman recognized as a most likely descendant through the California Native American Heritage Commission, has been monitoring archeological work at the site. The commission, which has custody of the remains, is responsible for preserving Native American grave sites. Read more.

HUMAN remains dating back to the Bronze Age could lead to new information about how ancient Scots lived their lives, after a landmark find by a team of archaeologists in the Borders.

Scientists believe the discovery of the skeleton in east Berwickshire could open a new window into the lives of Scots more than 4,000 years ago.

The body, which is believed to belong to an adult because of its worn teeth, was buried  with a pot which could be as much as 4,500 years old, according to experts.

Now those responsible for the dig are hoping the information uncovered could help historians piece together information about how ancient burials were conducted.

Archaeological officer at Scottish Borders Council Chris Bowles said: “Not a lot of these burial cists have survived in the Borders and this will give us a insight into how these burials were constructed and how they were used over time. Read more.

REGINA — The remains found at Oxbow and Moosomin have a lot of history — possibly 1,000 years of it.

The RCMP have released further details about the discoveries after calling on the expertise of forensic anthropologists. The experts have determined the bones at both sites are older than the province.

Archeologists have determined the bones found by a couple of canoeists on Wednesdayon the shore of Moosomin Lake in Moosomin Regional Park are those of an adult aboriginal male who died about 500 to 1,000 years ago.

The remains are to be turned over to the Heritage Conservation Branch with Saskatchewan Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport for proper reburial. Read more.

Skeletons thought to have been Roman gladiators are to go on show in York.

The 1,800-year-old human remains were exhumed in the city over the past decade and will be displayed in an empty shop throughout the summer.

Archaeologists say the discovery suggested the site was only well-preserved Roman gladiator cemetery in the world.

The exhibition will feature the skeletons and objects which were unearthed alongside them.

Kurt Hunter-Mann, a field officer at York Archaeological Trust, said the exhibition features six of the 80 skeletons they unearthed on Driffield Terrace in York. Read more.

Human remains thought to be nearly 2,000 years old have been unearthed at a building site in Norfolk.

he man’s body, found crouched in a burial pit, could date back to Roman times and is the latest in a string of fascinating discoveries to be made at the former RAF Watton base.

Experts working at the site have previously uncovered six Bronze Age axes while a Bronze Age round barrow with a cremation urn and five other cremation burials were found at the end of 2010.

Analysis of the skeleton has so far revealed the man had been suffering from osteoarthritis in his spine and further tests are now under way to find out more about his origins.

A single shard of pottery was also found within the grave, suggesting that the burial dates from AD43 to AD410. Read more.