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More Skeletons Found At Construction Site

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(Courtesy Yale New Haven Hospital)

(Courtesy Yale New Haven Hospital)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s state archaeologist says two more skeletons have been discovered at a New Haven construction site that might cover the remnants of a long-forgotten Catholic cemetery.

Nicholas Bellantoni says he and his assistants were excavating to remove the bones of two skeletons when they found two more last week.

The site is part of an expansion to the Yale-New Haven Hospital emergency room. Construction was allowed to resume around the trench as Bellantoni and his assistants continued retrieving the remains.

Local historians think the site might have been a long-ago Catholic cemetery, or that the remains could have come from a nearby pauper’s farm or a hospital that preceded Yale-New Haven.

Catholic clergy have visited the site to bless the remains, which will be studied and probably reburied elsewhere.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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