Bones uncovered on Florida beach believed to be Native American remains
Stuart, FL, United States (4E) – The erosion that has been caused by Hurricane Sandy along a Florida beach Monday morning unearthed some ancient artifacts.
According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the ancient Indian bones that were first exposed by the hurricanes of 2004 and reburied on Hutchinson Island near MacArthur Boulevard have resurfaced.
Deputies received a call around 10:22 a.m. Monday, about some people finding bones on the beach.
Joe Bonomo and his friends discovered the bones washing on the rocks off Hutchinson Island and called the state historical office. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office came to check the alleged remains.
The crime scene detective who arrived on the scene made preliminary examination of the remains before deciding to consult with an archaeologist.
Martin County spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro said that the find has been turned over to the county which is discussing with state historians about seeking a new place to rebury the remains.
Ferraro added that remains’ location now and the future burial place will not be made public to protect them emphasizing that “that they would be buried with a proper ceremony.”
investigators handed the bones over to the Treasure Coast medical examiner in Fort Pierce.
According to the University of Florida, Indians have lived in Florida for about 12,000 years and sometimes, remains are uncovered by erosion by the ocean or rivers or by construction.