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Developer told to rebury Indian remains

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – A developer of a luxurious coastal community has been ordered by a state agency to rebury American Indian remains and artifacts stored in nearly 6,000 bags.

Ed Mountford, vice president of Hearthside Homes of Irvine, Calif. said he would comply with the order given by the California Coastal Commission within the specified two months but had not yet completed inventorying and reburying the remains as of Jan. 22.

“We are in the process of doing that. We are going to comply,” Mountford said. He said archeological consultants expect to have all remains back in the ground by mid February. They are currently being held on the construction site in an “archeological lab.”

The more than 174 sets of ancient remains unearthed are believed to be descendents of the Gabrielino-Tongva and Juaneño Band of Mission Indians.