Crew unearths ancient remains near Cannery Row

Monterey, California (AP) 6-09

Construction workers digging near Cannery Row have found a female skeleton that may be thousands of years old.

Frank Donangelo, vice president of planning and development for the Cannery Row Company, says workers stopped digging immediately after finding the remains and called police.

The coroner and a pathologist were called in, and determined that the bones are ancient, and those of a woman who may have been a member of the Esselen tribe. Other tribal artifacts have been uncovered near the site during previous construction.

Archaeologist Susan Morley is working on the site, and plans to continue the dig. Morley could not say how old the remains are, but bones found at the site previously have been dated from 2,000 to 6,000 years old.

Donangelo says the project will not be resumed until the excavation is completed.