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Remains at dig site now number 22

Original post made on Jul 31, 2009

Work crews excavating for the foundation of the new gymnasium at San Ramon Valley High School have discovered 22 bodies believed to be the remains of Bay Miwok tribesmen.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 30, 2009, 9:38 PM

Comments (13)

Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2009 at 7:56 am

Just rename the High School "Pomo High" and get on with it!

Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:10 am

Why has this not been designated a sacred Indian Burial ground? It obviously needs much more study and investigation. I just don't believe they all died in one place - they were buried by their people.

Posted by Beverly Lane, a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:22 am

It is not surprising to find more burials in Danville and the San Ramon Valley. Just as we do, the Indians liked to live in agreeable surroundings with water, oak trees, seed meadows, deer and a temperate climate.
If people are interested in learning more about the Bay Miwok people, there is information at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. In October-November an exhibit on the first people will be in place at the Museum.
Thank you to Andy Galvan for reminding us -- again -- just how long Indians lived here.

Posted by Jon, a resident of Danville
on Aug 1, 2009 at 7:46 am

This was obviously a sacred burial ground for the people who used to live here. Digging them up and moving them around like they were some kind of artifact is extremely disrespectful. If we found a 200-year old cemetery of early settlers that we didn't know about we'd declare it a landmark and off-limits to development. Why not build the gym over the Alamo Cemetery if this is the respect we are going to give to the dead?

Posted by Liz, a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

I agree with Jon from Danville. These indians didn't live in Fremont, they lived in Danville and that's where they should remain.

Posted by KT, a resident of Los Cerros Middle School
on Aug 1, 2009 at 9:29 am

You saw what happened to the Brady kids when they went to Hawaii and messed around with the tiki they found buried. Don't move the indians.

Posted by Drew, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm

great... so now when they move the Indians to Fremont, Danville area will be haunted. Put them in the Railroad museum or somewhere still in Danville

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

Natives have been living in the U.S. for more than 15,000 years. There's burial grounds under just about every plot of land if you dig deep enough. In Europe, cemeteries that are more than a few hundred years old are often dug up or relocated to make room for new things. It has nothing to do with disrespect. It has to do with logistics. There's burial grounds everywhere. Some of 'em gotta move. That being said, using burial grounds as an excuse is a great way to curb overdevelopment.

Posted by Craig Nelson, a resident of Danville
on Aug 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I just want to remind everyone of the movie Poltergeist. I wouldn't go swimming in the SRV pool after this, although I wouldn't mind it if JoBeth Williams was there.

Posted by David W., a resident of Danville
on Aug 4, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Two words: amityville horror

Posted by Craig T. Nelson, a resident of Danville
on Aug 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm

You mean you moved the head stones but not the grave!!!!!

Posted by Chris, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 7, 2009 at 2:19 am

I think it is pretty cool that there are Indians buried their, I mean it shows how much time, even in our own Danville just flies by. I think the remains should be open to the public. And not moved either. Just built over.

Posted by High School Mom, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

Native American were (are) very spiritual. I believe that this site should be considered sacred and not desecrated in any way. I agree that the remains need to "remain" and make concessions for the new gym.

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