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Girl finds centuries-old human bones

STANLEY -- A 10-year-old girl recently made a historic discovery in northwestern North Dakota.

Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson said in a release that his office received a call from a citizen reporting the girl had unearthed what they believed were human remains.

After examination by the North Dakota Forensic Examiner’s Office, it was determined that the bones were from two individuals and most likely dated from the 1500s to the 1600s, according to the release.

Artifacts collected at the scene helped to establish the age of the remains. Paul Pica, an anthropologist with the North Dakota Historical Society, assisted in the examination.

Upon learning that the bones were “historic,” Halvorson contacted the landowner.

The landowner requested that the bones be buried on the property, where a “small reburial ceremony” was attended by Pete Coffey, a member of the Historical Society of The Three Affiliated Tribes, Pica and county officers.

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