LAKE GEORGE — Police are investigating the discovery of what appeared to be human bones at a construction site in the town of Lake George on Thursday morning, but police believe the remains are not those of anyone who was recently deceased.

A construction crew that was digging at a site for a new home spotted bones that appeared to be human late Thursday morning, and contacted police, Warren County Sheriff Bud York said.

Initial review of the remains led police to determine they dated back decades or longer, possibly centuries, Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said.

Stockdale said the workers were digging and piling dirt from an excavation when they noticed bones protruding from a pile of dirt.

Staff from the New York State Museum was contacted to have an archaeologist review them, York said. Construction work has been halted at the site until further notice.

The exact location of the find is being withheld so the site will not be disturbed before the archaeologist arrives Friday morning.

The discovery of old human bones is not unusual in the Lake George area, given its spot in history as a Native American encampment, and site of famous forts and battles during the French and Indian War in the 1700s. A number of archaeological digs have taken place over the years at different spots in the town and village of Lake George.

More details will be posted when they become available.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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