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2,000-year-old remains to be reburied in First Nations ceremony

The bones of a 2,050-year-old man found underneath a parking lot in Peterborough, Ontario, will be reburied during a five-day spitiual ceremony by the Curve Lake First Nation’s tribe.

On Dec. 6, 1960, a city employee working on a new parking lot on the north side of Brock St. between Aylmer and George streets, uncovered the remains of a nearly 2,000-year-old indigenous man.

The discovery became a significant archeological find. The man had been buried with about 30 grave goods including spearheads, harpoons and tools, suggesting he held a high position within the community such as chief.
His remains were eventually reburied at the Curve Lake First Nation cemetery on May 26, 1991.

During the refurbishing of the Brock St. parking lot in 2003, however, more human bone fragments were discovered.

Because archeologist Gord Dibb could not determine if the fragments belonged to the prior burial ground, Curve Lake decided the remains should be reburied on Brock St., cultural archivist Anne Taylor said.

“Those remains have sort of been left in limbo since 2004,” Taylor said.

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