Workers uncover ancient human remains, artifacts on Washington jobsite

Updated May 13, 2015
A still from NBC Right Now footage shows the uncovered artifacts.A still from NBC Right Now footage shows the uncovered artifacts.

While digging on a renovation job at an RV lot in Yakima, Washington, last week, a construction crew uncovered what could be some of the oldest Native American artifacts found in a region first inhabited by tribes of the Yakama Nation.

According to a report from NBC Right Now, one of the workers had begun hand-digging with about 6 feet left for an electrical conduit when he saw a bone in the dirt.

“You know we dig up bones all the time like dogs, cows, whatever, but I started looking at them a little closer and I realized it was a human bone,” worker Scott Quinn told the site.

By the end of the day, several pieces of arm bone, several smaller finger bones, an arrowhead and a stone grinder were uncovered at the site.

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The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is working alongside Yakama tribal officials to continue investigating the site for more artifacts and to date them. No official announcement on the age of the artifacts has been announced but the site reports an overheard conversation among the archaeologists as dating them as old as 4,500 years.