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Anthropologist may get involved after skull found at construction site

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – An anthropologist will soon be, if he’s not already, in possession of the human skull found at the former ICON building on Thursday.

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CORE Redevelopment hopes to meet with Dr. Shawn Phillips and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources over the weekend or early next week.

CORE spokesman Eric Seal told News 10 crews working on drainage lines made the discovery. Once they found the skull, all work at the site stopped. CORE says it reached out immediately to the DNR, the state agency charged with looking after all burial site in the state.

“Disturbing a cemetery or grave is not permitted,” said former Vigo County Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr, who’s also a forensic pathologist in Terre Haute. “It’s against the law.”

He’s referring to the fact the old ICON building is located next to the Indian Orchard Cemetery. According to the Vigo County Historical Society, it’s Terre Haute’s first cemetery.

Kohr says the last burial there took place in 1839. Records at the historical society show the city stopped using the cemetery the following year when construction started on the Wabash and Eric Canals.

Records from the Historical Society show the cemetery was also referred to as the Old Indian Orchard Burial Ground. It was the final resting…

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