HUTCHINSON ISLAND, FL — Bones were sticking out of the sand.
Dakota Brady, 30, discovered a human remains while she was with friends at Chastain Beach in southeastern Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Nicole.
“It was surreal. I just think this is something that we walk through on a daily basis that no one knows. No one is aware of it,” Brady said.
Authorities soon learned of the remains.
Investigators investigated what they said were likely human remains of the Ice Indian people on Hutchinson Island, a barrier island along the Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles north of the West Palm Beach area. I’m here.
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Chief of Staff John Budenshiek said the body was likely from Ice’s burial site.
Budensiek said investigators had found six human skulls as of Thursday afternoon. Since the bones are in pieces, there is no total number of remains.
It was the first time Brady had experienced something like this.
“We know this is a burial ground. We know what we’re doing, but we’ve never seen them come out like that.
This isn’t the first time Native American bodies have been found by a hurricane.
“This is actually a site we visited before,” Budensiek said.
Hurricane Sandy caused coastal erosion in 2012, and ancient Native American bones first exposed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004 have been unearthed, according to TCPalm archives.
Authorities said 10 years ago the remains were reburied with proper ceremonies.
After carefully removing the remains, the coroner’s office plans to send them to the Historical Resources Division of the Florida State Department’s Office of Archaeological Research, Budensiek said. Tests are usually done to confirm the origin of the bone.
The burial ground is federally protected, and passers-by are prohibited from digging up other Ais relics, pottery, or jewelry.
Mauricio La Plante is a breaking news reporter for TCPalm. Follow him on Twitter @mslaplantenews or email [email protected]
This article originally appeared in Treasure Coast Newspapers. Hurricane Nicole reveals Native American burial site on Florida beach