Bones dug up in cemetery
Bones thought to be around 100 years old have been accidently dug up at a Central Otago cemetery.
Workers removing a standalone pine tree at the Cromwell Cemetery made the grizzly find.
Central Otago District Council Parks and Recreation Manager Mat Begg said the unrecorded burial was discovered during the removal of the dying tree located in the northeast corner outside the main burial area of the cemetery.
It was possible the pine tree was planted as a grave marker.
The burial was within the cemetery grounds but away from where other burials had occurred, he said.
‘‘I am not sure why this would have occurred.’’
An archeologist had determined the bones belonged to an adult and had been there 80 to 100 years or more.
The bones would be reinterred in the same location with a grave maker put up.
The council did not hold any records for burials in the area of the cemetery the bones were found.
It had put a call out to the public for any information about the unknown burial.
‘‘We have had one query which unfortunately has not resulted in any further information.’’
Cromwell’s cemetery is located on the outwash plains of the Kawarau River.
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The bones of an adult at Cromwell Cemetery have been accidentally disturbed during the removal of a pine tree.