Human Remains Found at Transbay Terminal Site

Categories: Environment

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Beth Laberge/Special to the S.F. Examiner
This morning, a routine construction job at the Transbay Transit Center revealed a major archaeological discovery. Workers filling concrete in the ground uncovered a human skeleton that the coroner later identified as Native American remains, according to the Transbay Joint Powers Agency.

The remains, which reportedly includes a skull and a thigh bone, are currently in the protection of the Native American Heritage Commission, which will identify a probable relative.

Stephanie Reichin, spokeswoman for TJPA, says that they are "currently going through the process with the archaeologists and the Native American Heritage and from there they will appoint the most likely descendant."

Once a descendent is identified, "they will provide guidance about how to handle the remains," says Reichin.

In the six years that the Transbay Transit Center Project has been underway, contract workers have unearthed artifacts and animal bones, including a mammoth tooth that was dug up over a year ago. However, Reichin says that today's discovery is a "unique" find.

"Out of respect for the Native American community, images of the remains will not be provided, and no further information will be made available until after the project has consulted with the most likely descendent," Reichin says.






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24 comments
Jen O'Henry
Jen O'Henry

If a developer wanted to build a mall on top of Arlington Cemetery, how would that be received?

Cynthia McGarvie
Cynthia McGarvie

Be prepared for a massive haunting, Poltergeist-style! ;)

David William Wagner
David William Wagner

Oh shit! Everything stops until they can do an archaeological excavation

Greg Nemet
Greg Nemet

I believe per CA contractor's building code they MUST halt all work....

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

Cool but out of respect. All they r going to do ( Native American people) is bless the land. ( I'm sure different types of religion will do the same). So lets pay our respects to this person that they have found.

Marc Escuro
Marc Escuro

That's landfill. Not a burial ground. The plot thickens...

funnynative
funnynative

Please watch your insensitive comments, the Bay Area, San Francisco is Native land. Our ancestors are buried everywhere.

Rob Cotton
Rob Cotton

great, now the whole city is haunted.

BrainyGal
BrainyGal

@funnynative  So true. I still feel horrible about Ikea being located at a former burial site. :(

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