Bones dug up in ceme­tery

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

Artist Rachel Hirabayashi work­ing on a paint­ing for the Hul­la­baloo an­nual win­ter ex­hi­bi­tion at the Cromwell Her­itage Precinct. This year’s theme is ‘Win­ter Hues’’. Hul­la­baloo mem­ber and ceramic ar­itst Lynne Wil­son said it was amaz­ing the dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions 15 very in­di­vid­ual artists brought to the theme. This year’s show at Hul­la­baloo Art Space con­tin­ues un­til Au­gust 5. More info: info@hul­la­


The bones of an adult at Cromwell Ceme­tery have been ac­ci­den­tally dis­turbed dur­ing the re­moval of a pine tree.

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