Excavation project on UB South Campus where human burial site from 1800's was found.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A contractor working on a project to replace a sewer line at the UB Souith Campus made a rather gruesome discovery as crews found traces of skeletal remains and old wood from coffins.
UB officials say the remains were found in mid March near the Clement Hall dormitory under the on - campus Clement Street which runs parallel to Bailey Avenue. UB archaeologist Dr. Doug Perrellio was called in to help supervise the removal of the remains which were then transferred for burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
UB Associate Vice President of Communications Joe Brennan says it was not a big surprise to the university. Brennan says the current day UB South campus actually sits on land occupied by the Erie County Poor House back in the 1800s. Poor people and those with mental illnesses actually lived and died there.
Brennan says "Unfortunately there's really no records of where these burials took place or who are the individuals. So what we do is, the UB Archaeology Department sends professionals here and they carefully, respectfully remove the remains and then they are re-interred actually at a local cemetery."
UB estimates the remains of about 45 individuals were uncovered by the work and then transferred to Forest Lawn.