Initial tests show mounds contain remains hundreds of years old

North Smithfield, Rhode Island (AP) 2-08

Initial tests on bone fragments found in mounds in North Smithfield show they are 500 to 600 years old and belonged to a young girl.

Conservation Commission Chairman Donald Gagnon presented the results to the town council last week. The town is looking for more information about more than 100 stone mounds discovered last year near where a housing development had been scheduled to be built.

The preliminary carbon dating testing on the remains appears to support the belief of a local archaeologist that the mounds are American Indian burial grounds.

The town council approved money for more extensive testing that will help pinpoint the age of the other remains on the site.

 

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