Discovery of grave halts Douglas Island construction

Associated PressJune 24, 2012 

JUNEAU -- The discovery of a grave has halted construction work outside a building on Douglas Island.

Workers digging in front of Gastineau Community School on Thursday found the marked grave of Sam Goldstein, a Chilkat man from Klukwan who died in 1927.

Rorie Watt of Juneau's Engineering Department said crews during construction in the 1960s relocated several old burial sites and apparently missed Goldstein's grave.

The workers Thursday were digging footings for a concrete staircase when they came upon the headstone and grave below ground.

Watt told the Juneau Empire it's unlikely construction crews will find more graves. He said contractors have excavated much of the rest of the site but will dig carefully as they continue the renovation.

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