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Bone Fragments Unearthed During Utility Dig in St. Augustine

Skull found
Posted at 8:07 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 08:07:00-05

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Bone fragments found during a utility dig in a section of historic downtown St. Augustine are linked to a Catholic church cemetery that served the city centuries ago.

St. Augustine archaeologist Carl Halbirt tells The Florida Times-Union about a dozen bone fragments uncovered last week are associated with the Los Remedios cemetery. He says they belonged to adults and possibly a child.

Authorities say the church served St. Augustine from 1572 to 1702.

Archaeologist Kathy Deagan says those buried at Los Remedios included Spaniards, Native Americans and slaves.

The newspaper reports the Florida Department of State is working with Halbirt on the find. Halbirt says one bone may be a femur, another is likely a tibia. They may be 300 to 400 years old.