YPSILANTI (WWJ) – The bones are piling up at Eastern Michigan University. After construction crews came across five bones buried about seven feet below a concrete driveway, investigators have now found even more 19th century remains on the campus of EMU.
The remains, which included a skull and coffin remnants, are consistent with a burial from the late 1800s, Professor Norm Sauer, director of the Forensic Anthropology Lab at Michigan State University, confirmed in a release.
After several bones were first reported Monday as construction crews performed excavation for a new steam line project adjacent to EMU’s Physical Plant building on the northeast corner of campus, Sauer led a team of MSU graduate students in investigating the site Tuesday.
The bones were apparently from a Catholic cemetery formerly located near what is now Ann Street on EMU’s campus (see map). County records indicate the cemetery was relocated before 1900.
Although no further excavation is planned, Sauer and his team will continue to investigate the remains for more details.
MSU was involved because the school is the designated partner of Michigan State Police in performing such archaeological investigations.