- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Archaeological Forum wants the city to stop work on a construction site where bones and coffins were found this year.

Philly.com reports the group asked the city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections to stop the work because of additional recent “credible” reports of more remains being found.

An L&I; spokeswoman says in an email that the city “does not have a legal basis to take action” to stop the work based on the new reports that she termed “hearsay.”

The site near the Betsy Ross House was supposedly a decommissioned burial ground for the First Baptist Church, established in 1707. When the church moved about 1860, all remains were to have been exhumed and reinterred at another cemetery.

PMC Properties, the general contractor, says that apparently didn’t happen.


Information from: Philly.com, https://www.philly.com/

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