A skull bone  recovered along the Minnesota River north of Mankato Sunday by a rock hunter is not believed to be of recent vintage, authorities said.

Nicollet County Sheriff deputies investigated a report of the bone found on a sandbar between Mankato and St. Peter.

Minnesota State University anthropologist Kathleen Blue said the adult skull cap bone is likely several hundred years old and perhaps that of an American Indian or early settler whose burial site was disrupted by rushing water.

The bone wil be sent for examination to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Laboratory in St. Paul.

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