Native American partial skull found in Ladera


Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office were called to Ladera on Friday, July 1, after a worker discovered what turned out to be a human skull while digging a trench near a swimming pool in the 100 block of Aliso Way, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

The deputies on the scene called in staff from the county coroner's office, who took the skull and analyzed it. Senior Deputy Coroner Michelle Rippy told the Almanac that the skull is the remains of a Native American male. She did not have information on the age of the man or when he died, but she said that there will be further investigation.

The facial area of the skull was missing, Lt. Ray Lunny of the Sheriff's Office said. The police report is silent as to whether other bones were found in the vicinity, Lt. Lunny added.

The Almanac asked for a comment from George Mader, a Ladera resident, a consultant to the Planning Department of Portola Valley, and someone with experience in dealing with such discoveries in the context of a proposed building project.

"It's relatively close to a creek, where you would expect to find Indian encampments, so that isn't too surprising," Mr. Mader said.

Los Trancos Creek flows past Ladera along the south side of Alpine Road and is the only major creek in the area, said Paul Heiple of the Portola Valley Conservation Committee.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

So what happens with the skull when the county is done with its exam? Does it go to the museum? To an Ohlone tribe? Do they do a dig and look for more remains?

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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

The last Indian in the area was Timm Williams (Prince Lightfoot)and he hasn't been around since the mid seventies.

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Posted by peter carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

peter carpenter is a registered user.

An Indian woman named Lightfoot still lives in EPA.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

There are a lot of Native Americans in this area, so not sure what Arch Conservative means when he calls Mr. Williams the last Indian? IIRC, Mr. Williams was Yurok & performed traditional dances at Stanford.

This is an article about Ohlone remains found here in EPA 10 years ago:
Web Link

I wonder if they ever figured out that the founder & her neighbor were living over a burial mound?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Oh, duh, he was the last Stanford Indian, is that what you meant, AC? More coffee needed!

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Posted by E.CAYCE
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Actually presumptuous to say that the coroners were able to identify the remnants with such certainty.
The WEB LINK from ten years ago is almos comical in its assertions not naming the sources or their credentials.
I am still in awe and never saw an answer to the question of the requirements are to become County Coroner.
Apparently, a driver's license suffices.
Ohlone.............does it rhyme with baloney or alone?

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Posted by ItsO-S-C-A-R
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

With baloney, Mr. Cayce

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