Lake remains may go back at least 500 years

Devils Lake, North Dakota (AP) 6-09

Human remains found along Devils Lake during May could be at least 500 years old.

Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said the remains were found on private property in Creel Bay by a contractor digging clay for a dike to protect a house from the rising lake.

State Historical Society archaeologist Paul Picha said the remains are those of at least four Native American adults. He estimated they date back to a period between 1100 A.D. and 1500 A.D.

The Historical Society has evidence of humans in North Dakota for the past 13,000 years, Picha said.

Spirit Lake tribal officials will decide what to do with the lake remains, Picha said. The remains have been left in place and secured at the site, he said. The exact location has not been publicized.

“It’s a burial site, and we don’t really want to disrespect the remains of these people,” Nelson said.