More bones unearthed in Oak Harbor street project
By JUSTIN BURNETT
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
June 22, 2011 · Updated 11:02 AM
More bones have been found buried under SE Pioneer Way.
They were discovered at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, by a construction worker who was excavating roadway just a few feet from the cordoned-off pit were the remains of a least three Native Americans were unearthed late last week.
Larry Cort, a project manager for the SE Pioneer Way Improvement Project, said the city's newly hired archaeologist was monitoring the work when she noticed the bones and called an immediate halt to excavation.
Oak Harbor police were informed of the discovery, along with the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
Although he couldn't be sure, Cort said this find appeared to contain fewer bones than the first site, which is located between Mike's Mini Mart and the stairs that lead down to Mi Pueblo on Bayshore Drive.
"In terms of what was visible, it was a smaller number of fragments," Cort said.
Although work on the one-way street project has been ongoing since the initial discovery, it's been east and west of the find site. Tuesday was the first attempt by construction workers to pick up where they left off.
"A 15-foot square was about as far as they got," Cort said.
Like the first find, the site has been enclosed behind a barricade. Work cannot resume in the area until it's been inspected and cleared by experts from the state historic preservation office.
Cort said Wednesday morning he was unsure when they would arrive.Contact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Justin Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5054.