Remains of American Indians unearthed in Logan

Charleston, West Virginia (AP) April 2012

The skeletal remains of at least 44 American Indians have been unearthed during construction of a state office building in Logan.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) says news of the large number of remains was first reported by Indian Country Today, a national weekly newspaper.

Workers found the bones in January 2011. State officials halted construction, and the remains were sent to the Smithsonian Institution to determine their origin.

When the Smithsonian reported that the bones likely belonged to prehistoric American Indians, the state Historic Preservation Office sent archaeologists to examine the site. After other artifacts were found, they decided to hire a consulting archaeology firm to monitor construction and preserve any skeletal remains for reburial. The remains were reburied in New York state.