PLEASANTON -- Earth movers for an apartment project have discovered Native American remains on the site, another sign of the ancient Ohlone settlements in the East Bay.

Archeological experts have been called to the site along the Interstate 680 corridor to catalog finds. Special digging measures have been implemented to avoid damage to remains and artifacts.

"Sites like this used to get mowed over, but now measures are being taken to protect their integrity," said Ramona Garibay, an Ohlone descendant and the appointed site monitor.

To protect the site, she asked media not to divulge the location. It's part of what once was a large village site.

Garibay said she will be consulted about the reburial plan for remains. In cases like this, remains are reburied on the property in a place that won't be disturbed, or sometimes at another location.

Once the remains were found, she said, the developers followed the appropriate protocol to contact the California Native American Heritage Commission, which appoints a most likely descendant to consult with the landowner.

Pleasanton and other Tri-Valley sites have a long history of cultural remain discoveries.

In 2011, developers of a shopping center anchored by a Safeway grocery store near Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton came across a large burial ground. Construction was delayed while archeologists and a cultural monitor surveyed and figured out what to do with the remains.


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