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Possible Native American Burial Ground Uncovered By Storm

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BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A ceremony is being held to recognize a possible American Indian burial ground in Branford that was uncovered by Hurricane Irene.

Authorities say erosion caused by the storm last month left human bones protruding from an embankment. The bones were discovered by residents and taken to the medical examiner’s office, which confirmed the remains are human.

The Hartford Courant  reports the Native American Heritage Advisory Council is holding a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the site of the recovery.

Branford police and town’s Engineer Janice Plaziak have worked with archaeologists and the advisory council to maintain the integrity of the site while authorities determine how to return it to its pre-storm condition.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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