The discovery of a grave halted construction work outside a school in Douglas. Workers digging in front of the Gastineau Community School on Thursday found the marked grave of Sam Goldstein, a Chilkat man from Klukwan who died in 1927.
Rorie Watt of the CBJ Engineering Department says crews relocated several old burial sites during construction in the 1960s and apparently missed Goldstein’s grave.
The workers on Thursday were digging footings for a concrete staircase when they came upon the headstone and grave below ground.
Watt says that it’s unlikely that construction crews will find more graves. He says contractors have excavated much of the rest of the site, but they will dig carefully as they continue the renovation.
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