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More bone fragments, grave shafts found at Baker Street lot

City has excavated about 70 per cent of the former Baker Street lot
20220408 Baker Street lot archaeological study RV
The city has installed a hard-top tent over the study area within the former Baker Street parking lot.

With about 70 per cent of the site excavated, archeological crews have discovered 96 grave shafts and 68 distinct discoveries of human remains from the former Baker Street parking lot property.

City officials announced the discovery via a bi-weekly update on the project.

Since the last update, the number of grave shafts has increased by 13 and the number of bone fragments has risen by 31 at the former cemetery property.

Next up, crews will begin clearing the Baker Street roadway, currently closed, on or about May 26. Those efforts will start at the north end of the road and continue south, the city post explains.

“The schedule for clearance activities on Chapel Lane and the southern portion of Park Lane will be confirmed in the coming weeks,” states the post. “Construction is fluid and the current schedule is highly dependent on several factors including watermain commissioning, archaeological findings and the complexity of working around existing utilities in the rights of way.”

The archaeological study is expected to wrap up in June. It began in late September.

Also included in the study is the small Wyndham Street parking lot which sits directly beside the main lot.

Once the clearance work is completed, all remains found will be documented and re-interred at Woodlawn Memorial Park cemetery.

The parking lot was permanently closed at the end of September in order to allow for the archaeological work to get underway.

Used as a cemetery for 26 years, the triangular block that is the currently Baker Street municipal parking lot was the site of an all-faith cemetery from 1827 to 1853.