Hunter finds 900-year-old human remains in field

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) -- Investigators now know remains found by a hunter in Coshocton County last month are 900 years old.

The man made the discovery in a field near Mowhawk Dam in Jefferson Township on June 21.

The Coshocton County Sheriff's Office said it appeared the human remains had been there a long time. The next day, detectives and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation excavated the bones.

County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn determined they are about 900 years old and are only of historical interest.

Local historians told FOX 8 the bones could belong to Hopewell or Delaware tribes of Native Americans. This isn't the oldest discovery in Ohio. Some archaeological sites in the state are 13,000 years old.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History suggested the remains be given to the nearest tribe for burial.

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Hunter finds 900-year-old human remains in Ohio field
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
Investigators say human remains found by a hunter in an Ohio field last month are about 900 years old.
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