Photo of a human skull by Ray Myint. A human skull was found in Tilden Park on Wednesday Jan 1, 2014.

A human skull was found in the area of Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Tilden Park on Wednesday evening, less than half a mile west of South Park Drive.

The Oakland Police Department responded to a call from someone who had seen the skull at around 5:40 p.m.

“When officers arrived on scene they discovered the skull,” Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. “The Alameda coroner’s office has been contacted.”

Watson said the skull was found surrounded by beads and lying on a paper plate and that it had been verified as being a genuine human skull.

Oakland police told the Oakland Tribune that the skull appeared to be old, but they did not believe it was of Native American origin.

An East Bay Regional Park District representative said the matter was in the Oakland Police Department’s hands. Police said this morning no further details about the incident will be released.

We will provide updates to this story if we get more information.

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