First Nations elders visit site of ancient remains

After the ancient remains were uncovered, First Nations elders visited the site. (Bonnie Allen/CBC)

SaskEnergy's pipeline company has finished the archaeological analysis and soil reclamation at a spot near Bethune, Sask. where ancient human remains were found last month.

TransGas said Thursday that the work was done in consultation with First Nations elders, and those elders will continue as heritage consultants for the remainder of the project.

After the bones were discovered Oct. 15, the project was put on hold for a closer examination.

TransGas is putting its pipeline further underground than it otherwise would, in order to avoiddisturbing the site further. The company said a trenchless system will be used.

Elders and cultural monitors from Carry the Kettle First Nation, as well as local landowners and staff from the Heritage Conservation Branch of the Government of Saskatchewan were involved in the examination of the site.

TransGas said no further significant ancient remains or artifacts were discovered in the soil originally disturbed along the pipeline right-of-way.

The energy pipeline will supply natural gas to a new K+S mine site in the area.