, Newburyport, MA


September 11, 2013

Our view: Rattling bones on Plum Island


For a short time this summer, the mammoth bones issue became quite a controversy on Long Island. It threatened to slow down, or at least complicate, the sale of the island.

But then a Long Island-based historical society stepped into the fray and noted the description of where the bones were found on the island didn’t match the known history of New York’s Plum Island. It was a case of mistaken identity.

Indeed, the Long Island paper had simply republished, word-for-word, an article that had been published in the Newburyport Herald two months earlier.

And so Long Island’s mystery has now become our mystery. Where are these bones now?

The Daily News has been checking with local museums, local historians and institutions in the region, but thus far there is no sign of these bones. Their discovery would be a nice bookend to the saga of the two Plum Islands, and they would make a fine addition to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s museum, as they were found in what is now the refuge’s property. They would tell us yet another fascinating tale about Plum Island.

Hopefully, the mystery of the bones can be solved.

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