Colonial-era skull to get military burial in Conn.

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Posted: Nov 25, 2009 11:25 AM

A Colonial-era skull believed to belong to a Revolutionary War soldier is set to be reburied in Connecticut with full military honors.

The unidentified skull was discovered in the 1840s when railroad tracks were being laid near where 46 soldiers died of smallpox. British troops had captured the soldiers in 1776 and abandoned them by what is now Milford Cemetery.

Experts have determined the skull belonged to a man of European descent who was between 25 and 35 years old.

State archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni says there's no way to prove the skull came from a Revolutionary soldier, but circumstances suggest that it's likely.

Saturday's burial will resemble a military funeral from the Colonial era. The skull will be buried near the cemetery's Revolutionary War monument.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com