MARGATE, Fla. -

Drivers from Sullivan Electric and Pump on Monday found a human skull in a canal near the ninth hole of the Oriole Executive Golf Course on 8000 Margate Boulevard.

The drivers were doing maintenance work on an irrigation line when they saw a clay pot in the water, police said. The clay pot contained the remains of a human skull and other trinkets.

"It's unknown whether or not the skull had been acquired for ritualistic purposes or if it's in fact the skull of a homicide victim," said Margate Police Lt. Andy Zetteck.

The skull was sent to the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office. Homicide detectives were investigating.

"I've been here 16 years -- never seen anything like it," said a golf course employee.

Anyone with information should contact the Margate Police Department at 954-972-7111.