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Skull shows signs of scalping

Museum staff says woman’s fate remains a mystery

Bioarcheologists Vanessa Dale, right, and Lisa Anderson discuss the skull discovered in the foundation of a home in Coeymans at the New York State Museum in Albany.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Bioarcheologists Vanessa Dale, right, and Lisa Anderson discuss the skull discovered in the foundation of a home in Coeymans at the New York State Museum in Albany.
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The skull found Thursday in an old house in Coeymans belonged to a white woman between the ages of 30 and 50 who might have been scalped, but a shroud of mystery continues to veil what might have been a murder. A New York State Museum scientist said Monday that markings found on top of the skull could be consistent with scalping, but that is not a certainty. “The cuts on the skull didn’t heal. ...

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