Couple Charged $5,000 for Finding Human Skeleton in Yard
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Homeowners in Sarnia, Ontario found a 400 year old human skeleton in their yard, and the Canadian government sent them a bill for $5,000 to cover the cost of an archaeological investigation.
Homeowners in Sarnia, Ontario found a 400 year old human skeleton in their yard, and the Canadian government sent them a bill for 5 thousand dollars to cover the cost of an archaeological investigation.
The couple was digging holes for fence posts in their yard when they stumbled upon the bones, which turned out to be the skeleton of an aboriginal woman.
They contacted police, who in turn got a hold of an archaeologist to take a look at the remains.
The archaeologist found that the woman was around 24 years old at the time of death, and she was probably part of a hunting, gathering and fishing tribe that lived in the area about 400 years ago.
Local laws in Ontario state that the owners of the property where human remains are found are responsible for the payment of an archaeological investigation.
The couple has appealed to the local government to cover the costs of the investigation.
The skeleton was removed from the couple's yard and buried in a local First Nation reservation cemetery.