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Upstate New York town hopes to start work halted by discovery 500-year-old skeleton

Seth A. Van Dam, a geophysical archaeologist takes notes while investigating potential Native American artifacts that could affect the creation of a new sewer district in Upstate New York

Seth A. Van Dam, a geophysical archaeologist takes notes while investigating potential Native American artifacts that could affect the creation of a new sewer district in Upstate New York  (NORM JOHNSTON / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES)

Officials in a northern New York town hope to resume work this spring on a sewer project that was halted when a contractor uncovered a centuries-old skeleton.

The approximately 500-year-old skeleton was found last October as crews dug up a road in the Jefferson County town of LeRay, site of an Iroquois village hundreds of years ago.

The skeleton was reburied and the project was shut down as representatives of Iroquois tribes were notified.

Town Supervisor Ronald Taylor says members of the Onondaga and Oneida nations in central New York were at the site Wednesday as crews used ground-penetrating radar to determine if there are other Native American burials located there.

Taylor says town officials are waiting to hear from the tribes whether they'll remove the skeleton for reburial at another location.

Photo: The Watertown Daily Times