Cool story (edited down) from the AP:
BURLINGTON CITY, N.J. (AP) – Crews working on a new rail line have discovered human remains that may have belonged to some of the first Europeans in this Delaware River community. Archeologists have since been digging more carefully along Broad Street, and this week they discovered remains of six people in graves about 4 feet below the street. After the remains were measured and photographed, crews began repaving the street above them.
An archaeological analysis indicates the bones belonged to people of Northern European descent and date to the first part of the 17th century, Ingoglia said Thursday. The city of Burlington, located along the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Trenton, was founded by English settlers in 1677, but historians say Swedes arrived in the area about 40 years before that. “It’s an exceedingly fascinating story,” Haynes said. “Broad Street was laid out in 1683. There have been sewer lines, water lines, electrical lines and a railroad built. I could have never guessed there would be a burial ground in the middle of Broad Street.”