Franklin coroner: Human skull found in sinkhole 1,000 to 3,000 years old

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, a worker discovered a human skull about 12 feet down in a sinkhole on a Franklin County farm.
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Franklin County Coroner says a human skull found earlier this week in a sinkhole was of Native American origin.

Franklin County William Harrod said they had determined the skull was Native American, "indigenous to this area" and dating back approximately between 1,000 to 3,000 years.

On Tuesday, a farm worker discovered the skull, about 12 feet deep, in a sinkhole on Jones Lane, just outside of Frankfort. Officials confirmed it was a human skull. At the time, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said the skull may have been down in the hole for years, but they could not make an accurate estimate on time until they were able to dig it out.

Harrod said the Franklin County Coroner's Office has suspended investigation efforts in relation to this case. He said his office would be working closely with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the State Historical Preservation Office on a combined re-interment effort on the original site.

“We received notification today from Franklin County coroner Will Harrod that the skeletal remains found on my property are of Native American origin,” landowner Susan Knoll said. “We appreciate the work of Mr. Harrod and Sheriff Pat Melton in helping recover these priceless artifacts. We will work with the proper authorities to reinter the remains to the original site.”

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