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Human Bones Found in Fairview Cemetery Likely Pre-1959, Inquirer Says

Human bones found in Fairview Cemetery, located in the Wilow Grove section of Upper Dublin, are likely over half a century old.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is now reporting that the more than 50 bones found by children playing in Upper Dublin's Fairview Cemetery on Sunday are likely from before 1959.

According to an Ambler Gazette article, the remains were found by a group of children playing in the cemetery, and when one of the youngsters went home and told her father, he investigated and contacted authorities.

The Inquirer reports that a number of indicators, such as a lack of concrete lining to prevent grave unearthing and an American flag bearing 48 states--both Alaska and Hawaii gained statehood in 1959-- cause Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman to believe the bones to be from that era.

The remains are of a man and woman, the piece reports.

Anne April 05, 2011 at 02:38 PM
I'm a little confused. Were the bones found above ground just lying on the soil? If so, then how could that be when people are supposed to be buried at least six feet under?
Kyle Bagenstose April 05, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Hi Anne, According to the Inquirer article, "Authorities say they suspect the remains had been unearthed by heavy equipment. Backhoe tracks surrounded the area where the bones were found." I don't want to speculate too much, but it sounds as though someone had been moving some earth around, and because the standards of burial from those times were lower (not using concrete liners) the remains were brought close enough to the surface to be easily unearthed.

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