Prehistoric cremation pit uncovered on Georgia island

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Archaeologists say they've made a rare find
on Georgia's Ossabaw Island - a pit used by American Indians to
cremate their dead more than 1,000 years ago.

An excavation uncovered what initially appeared to be a grave,
but with bits of burned logs inside.

Only a few small bones were found, leading archaeologists to believe a body was burned and most of the remaining skeleton was buried elsewhere.

Dave Crass, Georgia's state archaeologist, said it's unusual to find evidence of Indian cremations in the Southeast.

Most prehistoric Indians buried their dead in shallow graves.

The cremation pit was discovered at the edge of a bluff that was
eroding away on Ossabaw, a state-owned island about 6 miles from
Savannah.


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