Human remains discovered Wednesday by construction workers at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville are believed to be those of an American Indian, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Superintendent Steven Enoch said today.
The construction crew, which is building a new gym for the high school at 501 Danville Blvd., found the bones at about 10:30 a.m. and contacted Danville police and the Contra Costa County coroner's office, Enoch said.
The bones were buried about 7 feet deep and appeared to be very old.
The coroner's office sent an anthropologist and an expert in American Indian culture to the site to confirm that the bones were indeed American Indian, according to a deputy coroner.
Enoch said workers have stopped construction in the area around the bones and will continue to protect them until they can be properly removed.
A deputy coroner said experts would try to determine what tribe the bones belonged to and bury them with that tribe.
Enoch said an expert is scheduled to visit the site this afternoon to determine how they should proceed.
Construction on the new gym is continuing elsewhere on the site today. The gym is expected to be completed by the end of the next school year.