Pennsylvania construction workers discover mass grave while on the job

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SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - Some of the construction work in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania may be delayed after workers discovered a mass grave while on the job.

According to WNEP, Joan Bachman and her husband own the land where the grave was found. They heard rumors that the land had been a cemetery in the past when they purchased the land in 1997.

“They told us it possibly could have been a burial ground from many, many years ago, 100 years ago, so evidentally it is,” Bachman said.

Records show Schuylkill Haven was hit by the Spanish Flu in 1918 and the remains could belong to those affected, as nearly 1,600 people died within a month.

Historians say that burying people in a field without a marker was common since people were dying so quickly.

Crews will now test the bones to determine if there is any matching DNA.

“There are bones in there, you can see a tibia, femur, a jaw bone and stuff like that,” said Schuylkill County deputy coroner Joseph Pothering.

The test results could take weeks, but officials say they will hold proper burials once the results are in.

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