Workers doing sewer repairs earlier this week near Kingsboro Psychiatric Hospital in Brooklyn unearthed human bones from more than one person — leading authorities to believe a forgotten cemetery was unearthed.
Bones found in the Clarkson Avenue dig at about 5 p.m. Monday were identified by a forensic anthropologist with the city medical examiner’s office as human and from at least two individuals, officials said.
Based on the condition of the remains, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said his investigators now believe they are dealing with “disinterment of a burial site” and not evidence of foul play.
Medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said a variety of bones were found in the East Flatbush dig, including a skull. Asked if the find indicates a graveyard had been unearthed, Boyce said it was a possibility.
A spokesman for the state Office of Mental Health in a statement acknowledged the discovery and said the agency was awaiting the results of the police investigation.
Hospital facilities have occupied the sprawling site on the north side of Clarkson for decades. The Kings County Lunatic Asylum opened in 1852 at the site, records show. Adjacent to the old asylum was an Alms House, and eventually more public facilities were built on the property.
The Brooklyn Eagle newspaper reported in 1912 that for decades unidentified deceased people were buried in a common grave known as Potter’s Field somewhere off Clarkson and that Alms House workers for a time were employed as grave diggers.
The asylum was renamed Kingsboro Psychiatric in 1975, according to records.