Uncategorized | 12:00 am | July 30, 2011 | By Tapley Stephenson

Skeletons found in YNH construction site

Two skeletons were originally uncovered on July 11, and three days later two more skeletons were discovered by Nicholas Bellatoni, the Connecticut State Archeologist, during the process to remove the first two.

By July 14, construction had resumed around the burial site.

The New Haven Register reported that the bones were from a Catholic cemetery, quoting Bellatoni and Tony Griego, a retired police sergeant, security guard at Yale – New Haven and local historian.

However, in the same article, Bellatoni noted that the skeletons were not buried in proper Catholic fashion and mentioned they may have instead been part of a pauper’s farm or early predecessor of the hopsital, both of which may have shared a burial site with the church.

After Bellatoni’s team recovered the skeletons, the bones were sent to Yale’s Biological Anthropology Laboratories for a closer analysis, but according to Dr. Gary Aronsen GRD ’04, the lab supervisor, it may be some time before basic facts are known about the skeletons.

“As of right now, the remains are still being cleaned from the matrix of dirt that is covering them,” Aronsen GRD ’04 wrote in an email. “Once this is done, I will provide as detailed a report on the sex & age of each individual, any relevant indicators of health, disease, and occupation.”

When Aronsen finishes his study, the skeletons will be returned to Bellatoni’s office, which will make the final decision on their disposal or reburial.

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