NEWARK — A construction crew working on a lot Rutgers University's Newark campus found what appeared to be human remains on Monday.

However, it was not unexpected by the university when they filed preparation plans for the construction of the new Honors Living-Learning Community. Officials had anticipated that human remains could be found at the site off Halsey Street bordered by New, Washington and Linden Streets.

The lot was the site of a church that was torn down in the 1940s.

"An expert team of archaeologists is studying the site and findings. At the end of their study, they will present us with their conclusions and a proposed course of action that follows the state-accepted protocols for circumstances such as these. The archaeologists inform us that it would be inappropriate to speculate at this time regarding what was found," Peter T. Englot, Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, said in a statement.

The 320,000 square foot project, which is the pre-construction phase, remains on schedule, according to Englot.

When completed ,the $70 million, 400 bed HHLC will have residences, classrooms, street-level retail and open space intended to be used as open space.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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