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East End bones belonged to Native American child

Submitted by on 1, February 4, 2009 – 3:15 pmNo Comment

The skull and bones a work crew found while digging along the 3000 block of Washington Street last week belonged to a 3- or 4-year-old Native American child, police said Wednesday.

Alameda Police Lt. Bill Scott said officials from the Alameda County Coroner’s Office called the bones “archaeological in nature” but didn’t have a definitive date on when they were laid. He said the coroner will be performing carbon testing on the bones and that the results could be available in a few weeks.

A crew from public works that was digging out a portion of concrete gutter discovered the skull sticking up out of the mud beneath it, shortly before 9:30 a.m. January 28. They called police, who found an incomplete set of bones as well.

Alameda was originally settled by Ohlone Indians before becoming a Spanish land grant in the early 1800s.

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