Bones found on Queen Street beginning to give up their secrets

Nearly a dozen centuries-old skeletons discovered under Queen Street in 2013 during construction are beginning to give up their secrets.

23 skeletons discovered during construction work were given to Canadian Museum of History for analysis

Researchers with the Canadian Museum of History are sharing some of what they've learned about remains from the 1800s found under a downtown Ottawa street. 2:18

Nearly two dozen centuries-old skeletons discovered under Queen Street in 2013 during construction are beginning to give up their secrets.

The bones were found in the fall of that year when workers were repairing a water main.

The human remains had been buried in Bytown's first cemetery, and were somehow left behind when the rest of the cemetery was relocated.

Archeologists believe it's an old Methodist cemetery, part of a burial ground established in the early 19th century, when downtown Ottawa was called Upper Bytown and well before it became Canada's capital.

A total of 23 skeletons have been carefully dug up and given to the Canadian Museum of History for analysis.

Janet Young, the curator of physical anthropology at the museum, was a guest on Ottawa Morning Thursday to discuss what the museum has discovered about the bones so far.

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