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Tembec construction disrupted by discovery of human skulls


June 5, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Tembec resumed its excavation activities on May 28 at its site in Temiscaming, following the discovery two weeks earlier of human skulls. The skulls were determined to be historical and non-criminal in nature.

Tembec resumed its excavation activities on May 28 at its site in Temiscaming, following the discovery two weeks earlier of human skulls. The skulls were determined to be historical and non-criminal in nature.

Excavation work is proceeding according to an archeological research permit issued by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and are being conducted under the supervision of Montreal-based firm Arkéos.

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“Tembec has taken the time to undertake a detailed research of the excavation site in order to fully understand its history and to be in a position to deal with this environment with due consideration. It is very important for us to make sure that we are taking the appropriate steps and establishing the right protocol to respond adequately to this given set of circumstances,” stated Randy Fournier, senior vice-president, Temiscaming Operations.

While excavating on May 15 for construction work to be done on the new boiler #10 as part of the investment project announced last March, the items were discovered. Tembec immediately informed the Quebec Provincial Police who secured the excavation site and proceeded with an investigation. The police determined that the human remains were historical and non-criminal in nature. Historical documents indicate that a church and a cemetery were located within the Temiscaming site as far back as 1891. The original industrial complex was built in 1917.


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