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Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains

LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) -- Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area, but then reburied at an undisclosed location.

Archaeologists say the burial ground and village site in Larkspur held a treasure trove of information about Coast Miwok life and should have been preserved for future study.

But The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which made the decision to remove and rebury the remains and artifacts, say the items belonged to their ancestors, and how they are handled is no on else's business but the tribe's.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1mEgxXu) that the site will be covered with multi-million-dollar homes. Construction began this month.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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