ROCHESTER (WWJ/AP) – State officials say road crews working in metro Detroit have unearthed human remains that could be more than a hundred years old. reports the find was made in late July in Rochester and the project was halted as the Oakland County Medical Examiner and police investigated.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Morosi says scientists at the archaeological department at Michigan State University are working to determine  when the person died and other information.

Morosi said that although the bones are thought to be 100 to 200 years old, we’ll never know for sure.

“When they’re doing this analysis, they won’t be able to really determine how old the bones are. What they are going to be able to determine is a chronological age and gender — whether it’s an adult male, adult female, 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 20 to 30 years old,” he said.

It wasn’t known how long it would be until results were known.

The bones are thought to be Native American. If they are, Morosi says they will be given a proper burial.

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