Human remains unearthed on Florida ancient Native American burial ground

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Martin County officials launched an investigation after human remains were unearthed on Hutchinson Island on Thursday following Nicole.Sheriff’s Office officials said the high surf led to human remains becoming visible on Chastain Beach.”We are working as if it’s a crime scene out of an abundance of caution,” said Martin County Sheriff’s Office Chief John Budensiek. “These remains would normally be about eight feet under the beach floor here, so it’s most likely an Indian burial ground.”Deputies said ancient human remains were also uncovered in this area following Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.Investigators said Dakota Brady found six human skulls and several small bones in the rocks along the beach on Thursday morning. Brady said he was amazed at the idea of those remains being there all this time.”It’s a surreal feeling,” he said. “We’re walking on this beach, and you don’t know that all these skulls and bones and everything are right under your feet.”The area is an ancient Native American burial ground, and federally protected land, according to officials. People are forbidden from digging for ancient artifacts or human remains.Representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida said they were disappointed their ancestors had been disturbed and asked the remains be treated with the utmost respect.”Think of your own families or anyone’s families,” said Juan Cancel, assistant director of the tribal historic preservation office for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. “We want anyone from our past that has passed on treated with the same level of respect as anyone else.”The bodies will undergo age and DNA testing by the medical examiner’s office, and if they’re positively identified as ancient human remains, they’ll be sent to a university in the state for historical preservation, Budensiek said. This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available.

Martin County officials launched an investigation after human remains were unearthed on Hutchinson Island on Thursday following Nicole.

Sheriff’s Office officials said the high surf led to human remains becoming visible on Chastain Beach.

“We are working as if it’s a crime scene out of an abundance of caution,” said Martin County Sheriff’s Office Chief John Budensiek. “These remains would normally be about eight feet under the beach floor here, so it’s most likely an Indian burial ground.”

Deputies said ancient human remains were also uncovered in this area following Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Investigators said Dakota Brady found six human skulls and several small bones in the rocks along the beach on Thursday morning.

Brady said he was amazed at the idea of those remains being there all this time.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” he said. “We’re walking on this beach, and you don’t know that all these skulls and bones and everything are right under your feet.”

The area is an ancient Native American burial ground, and federally protected land, according to officials. People are forbidden from digging for ancient artifacts or human remains.

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Representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida said they were disappointed their ancestors had been disturbed and asked the remains be treated with the utmost respect.

“Think of your own families or anyone’s families,” said Juan Cancel, assistant director of the tribal historic preservation office for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. “We want anyone from our past that has passed on treated with the same level of respect as anyone else.”

The bodies will undergo age and DNA testing by the medical examiner’s office, and if they’re positively identified as ancient human remains, they’ll be sent to a university in the state for historical preservation, Budensiek said.

This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available.