Gastineau grave does not contain Chilkat man’s body

By July 17, 2012Community

It turns out a grave site uncovered last month in Juneau does not contain the body of a Chilkat man who died in 1927.

The tribal administrator of the Douglas Indian Association now says it appears the grave site at Gastineau Community School actually belonged to an unidentified young woman.

The City and Borough of Juneau Engineering Department and the Sealaska Corp. had said last month that the remains discovered during construction outside the school belonged to Sam Goldstein of Klukwan. Chilkat representatives conducted a ceremony at the site the following day.

But an archaeologist now says the remains are those of a woman aged 20 to 25, and the headstone appears unrelated to the disinterred grave.

Goldstein’s remains are still missing.

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