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American Indian skull unearthed in Oakland, California

Construction crews working on a sidewalk in Oakland unearthed a human skull, possibly a remnant from an American Indian burial site.

The construction site is adjacent to the Hide-A-Way Cafe on the 1900 block of Dennison, near the Embarcadero, and local historians say that area was indeed the site of numerous American Indian burial grounds, also known as shellmounds.

“Maps from 1878 and 1910 indicate there was a shellmound tract right there,” said Dennis Evanosky, an author, local historian and editor at the Alameda Sun newspaper. “In fact, it shows Dennison Street runs right smack through the middle of the shellmound tract. This skull find, it kind of verifies that the shellmound was there.”

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