Experts says old bones represent at least three people

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An archaeologist says the bones thought to have come from a Colorado Indian massacre in 1854 and discovered in Brownington are the remains of at least three individuals.

But a report says the lack of front teeth in any of the jawbones makes it impossible to immediately determine the ethnicity of the bones.

U.S. Department of Agriculture archaeologist David Skinas says the bones should be examined by a forensic anthropologist to help determine their ethnic origin.

Ralph Swett of Brownington discovered the bones years ago in an attic and keeps them at his home.

He says he wants to be contacted directly by Colorado officials to discuss sending the bones back there.

Swett says he doesn’t know how the bones ended up in Vermont.


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