Workers find old human skull on grounds of Cape Cod museum

A Cape Cod museum dedicated to local history says workers clearing leaves on its property found a human skull that is believed to be more than 100 years old.

The Cape Cod Times reports ( ) the skull was discovered last week at Atwood House Museum in Chatham (CHAT'-amz).

Danielle Jeanloz, executive director of the Chatham Historical Society, says police told them the skull was so old, they didn't consider the property a crime scene.

The museum is in a house that was built in the early 1750s and sits on a 30-acre lot. Eight generations of Atwoods lived there. Jeanloz says it was not uncommon at the time for burial grounds to be on family property.

A spokesman for the chief medical examiner's office says its anthropologist is examining the skull.