Prehistoric skeletal remains found at Hamilton Lake

The bones were found in Hamilton Lake, in Steuben County.

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the discovery of prehistoric human skeletal remains at Hamilton Lake in Steuben County.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), at around 7 pm on Saturday, a resident found some bones near the shoreline.  On Sunday, scuba divers from the DNR, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the Steuben County SCURRT Team conducted an underwater search and found other human skeletal remains.

On Monday, archaeologists with the University of Indianapolis confirmed that the remains are of a “prehistoric” Native American.

The remains will be studied at the Indiana State Museum according to Jim Price of the DNR.

“We’ll pull together both state folks and some researchers, and we’re also going to be working with the tribes to get as much information as we can,” Indiana State Museum Director of Archeology Michele Greenan said. “But, right now, it’s still really early. My first call will be to the tribes and different researchers to try and figure out what steps to take.”

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