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Human bones found at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire may date back to the 1700s

Human bone fragments that were recently found in Lincoln, N.H., may date back to the 18th century, authorities said.

The bone fragments were discovered in the ground during a construction project in the area of Loon Mountain on Sept. 13, according to a Facebook post by New Hampshire State Police.

Police said the bone fragments were found in existing soil and did not appear to have been recently transported to the site, and based on radiocarbon dating, there’s a 95.4 percent probability that the individual died anywhere from 1774 to 1942 and a 68.2 percent probability that he or she died between 1718 and 1893. The bones are believed to be from an adult female or small-statured male, and there was no apparent trauma showing on the fragments, police said in the post.


“Based on the results of the investigation and the testing, the bone fragments do not appear to be related to any open missing person case or recent criminal activity,” police wrote. “Instead, the bones are likely historical in nature.”

New Hampshire State Police said they would not be releasing any more on the bone fragments unless new information is developed.

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