SUPERSTORM Sandy has unearthed what is believed to be a Colonial skeleton in Connecticut and brought coffins to the surface in Maryland.

Police spokesman David Hartman says a woman who was with other bystanders in New Haven, Connecticut, looking at a fallen oak tree called police on Tuesday after she saw bones in the upturned roots.

Mr Hartman says the tree was planted on the green in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth. He says the remains likely belong to one of thousands of people buried there in Colonial times. The remains will be evaluated by the state medical examiner.

Katie Carbo, who called police, tells the New Haven Independent she saw something in the tree roots, and found the bones when she removed some dirt. She says the skeleton “should be given a proper burial.”

Meanwhile, a casket in Crisfield, Maryland, has popped out of the ground after Sandy has passed.