Forgotten cemetery uncovered by construction crew in Ignacio, Colorado

IGNACIO, Colo. - Human remains from 26 bodies have been uncovered at a construction site in Ignacio.

The Durango Herald reports that the bones could be a century old and that the land appears to have been a multi-ethnic burial ground. The first bones were discovered by construction workers in March.

The land is the site of a new elementary school that is expected to open in August. The remains have been taken to Fort Lewis College for further study.

Ignacio was home to Hispanics, Anglos and Native Americans a century ago. The La Plata County coroner says some of the bodies were determined to be Native American.

The school district has included the Southern Ute tribe in the excavation. A spokeswoman for the Southern Ute Tribal Council declined to comment.

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