Construction of La Plaza de Cultura y Artes near Olvera Street has unearthed skeletons of early Los Angeles settlers in a cemetery thought to have been emptied in 1844. The excavation is stirring up controversy.

Since late October, the fragile bones of dozens of Los Angeles settlers have been discovered under what will be the outdoor space of La Plaza de Cultura y Artes downtown near Olvera Street. According to archaeologists and the chief executive of La Plaza, they appear to be remains from the Campo Santo, or cemetery, connected to the historic Catholic church Our Lady Queen of Angels, commonly called La Placita.

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