Gaillard Center grave count up to 29

The graves found at the Gaillard Center construction site are believed to date to the early 1700s. Buy this photo

The count of potential gravesites discovered at the Gaillard Center construction site is now up to 29, Mayor Joe Riley said in a letter to City Council.

The last count was 27 graves found, and archaeologists are in the process this week of uncovering the graves, along with any artifacts and remains. The graves are believed to date to the early 1700s.

The current plan is for the remains to be removed, documented and placed in small caskets and stored in a protected location on site, pending determination by council to a final resting place, likely a cemetery.

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