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Leon County residents react to human skulls found at Lake Jackson being ruled an archaeological find

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 12:45 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Leon County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that the skulls found at Lake Jackson a few weeks ago are no longer involved in a criminal investigation but have historical origin.

The news bringing more questions but brings a sense of calamity to those who venture there.

“There are a lot of artifacts that have been found out at the Lake Jackson mounds and I feel better knowing that,” exclaimed Lake Jackson Resident Patti Shanks.

The news was a sigh of relief for Lake Jackson residents like Patti Esher and after these latest developments, Esher says she’s just glad there’s no foul play involved.

“You know, unfortunately it’s a crazy time in the world with crime and again it just makes me feel better when I walk down here to know that nobodies are found or anything,” said Esher.

But there is still so much more to learn.

“These skulls that were found in the lake we really don’t know that much about them yet,” shared Nation Park Services Archaeologist Jeffrey Shanks. “It’s possible that they could come from a site like with Jackson that’s nearby but honestly we just really don’t know yet, we just found out.”

The temporarily drained lake has been quite the attraction as of late and has led to discoveries like the skulls.

“The sort of feature for this lake that it occasionally will drain like this and then refill. So do you know it’s kind of a weird thing and when the lakes and rivers like this dry up sometimes it gives you the opportunity to make discoveries like this,” explain Shanks.

With the lake slowly refilling, it’s making residents appreciative of where they live.

“It is great to live out here by the lake and I appreciate all the people that I’ve helped keep it clean and the different pick up groups at all,” said Esher.

While some visitors are disappointed they couldn’t see the disappearing lake, others are glad the ecosystem is restoring itself.

The skulls are now in the hands of the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources who are hoping to discover answers about these remains

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