Human skull found near Pinhook Park believed to be European

(Photo supplied/Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology)

We know a little more about the human skull found near South Bend’s Pinhook Park.

Archaeology experts from both INDOT and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources feel that the skull was that from an older adult from Europe. An INDOT spokesman told the South Bend Tribune that the person was buried in the late 1800s or early 1900s, based on skull features and the dirt around it.

In fact, experts feel it’s likely the skull is from an old county cemetery with hundreds of graves very close to where contractors are excavating the soil to build a new paved trail. A marker remains for the “Portage Cemetery,” but the old grave markers and stones were cleared out between 1985 and 1999 after the cemetery fell into disarray and vandalism.

The skull could be reburied at the site in the coming days.

After kids discovered the skull on April 20, officials first thought the skull might have been Native American and the site a previous Indian burial ground.


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