Bones found during beach cleanup on northwest Vancouver Island could be ancient

Human bones were discovered during a beach cleanup Tuesday in Kyuquot, a First Nations community on northwestern Vancouver Island.

Employees from the nation were conducting a scheduled clean-up on a remote beach when they found bones that were partially exposed near the beach, said Sgt. Curtis Davis of the Port McNeill RCMP.

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The RCMP is assisting an archaeological branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, because there’s a possibility the remains are “very, very old,” Davis said.

Identification experts have determined the discovery is “archaeological in nature,” so no formal investigation will take place, the Coroners Service said.


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