When You Find Human Remains On Your Construction Site

Law360, New York (February 23, 2017, 10:40 AM EST) -- Richard S. Reizen

Daniel E. Crowley When preparing for an archaeological dig, New Hampshire state archaeologist Richard Boisvert once succinctly stated: "If we knew what was there, we wouldn't have to dig."

Because we don't know what is there, contractors often stumble upon artifacts, ancient burial grounds, cemeteries and human remains while in the midst of a construction project. Because federal regulations protect culturally significant items that are uncovered, and often state regulations regarding any remains uncovered also apply, contractors should immediately stop work, contact the landowner, have the owner contact the appropriate authorities and then preserve the site until the...

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