Possible human remains found at site of new Rutgers-Newark building

Construction crews have found possible human remains at the site of a new building on the Rutgers-Newark campus.



The university is currently constructing the new Honors Living-Learning Community building at Washington and Linden streets. The fragments were found during a "due-diligence period of study" at the location.



"Site preparation plans for the Honors Living-Learning Community that were filed with the State Historic Preservation Office, in keeping with state due-diligence measures, addressed the possibility of finding human remains at the site," the university said in a statement.



The remains were found in a portion of the site that was once occupied by a church. That church closed in 1940 and was demolished about 65 years ago, according to Rutgers.



Rutgers says that a team of archaeologists will now study the site and the fragments. "At the end of their study, they will present us with their conclusions and a proposed course of action that follows the state-accepted protocols for circumstances such as these," the university said.



Construction has yet to begin on the building. Rutgers says the find should not impact the construction schedule.


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