Mummy found at Indiana quarry

By |  June 29, 2015

Land surveyors working at a planned quarry site near Lowell, Ind., stumbled onto a mummified body that archaeologists say could be thousands of years old.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the mummified body was discovered June 26. The discovery halted Singleton Stone LLC’s site prep activities, as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources stepped in to explore the grounds.

“If it is determined this is any type of sacred ground, there are many avenues they will need to follow – many, many steps after today,” says Terri Millefoglie, whom the Chicago Tribune identifies as a conservation officer.

Millefoglie adds that laws regarding potential Native American sites brought the site’s preparation to a stop.

A local sheriff told the Chicago Tribune that archaeologists believe the mummified body ranges from 500 to 2,000 years old.

“They are thinking from discussions out there it may have been an Indian burial ground,” says John Buncich, a Lake County (Ind.) sheriff.

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