Kennewick Man


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An ancient—9,300-year-old—Native American skeleton that is, to date, the most complete prehistoric human remains. It was found in the Pacific Northwest on a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996. Kennewick Man—Ken for short—along with other ancient skeletons, has furthered the debate over the origin of early Native American people; the prevailing hypothesis is that of a single wave of migration of hunters and gatherers who followed large herds of game across the Bering land bridge around 12,000 years ago. The rival hypothesis is that of multiple waves of migration
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Based on the release in June of a DNA analysis that determined that the remains' genetic makeup is closer to that of Native American populations than any other peoples, Congress should approve Murray's bill and end the protracted, bitter legal dispute between tribes that claim Kennewick Man, also known as the Ancient One, as an ancestor and wish to bury him, and scientists, who want to study the remains.
Kennewick Man displays the greatest genetic similarity to northern Native Americans, especially the Colville, Ojibwa and Algonquin, the scientists say.
McClelland, a free-lance sculptor and art teacher at Columbia Basin College, said the work helps bring Kennewick Man beyond the politics surrounding his discovery in the river mud.
The bones found scattered in the mud acquired a name: Kennewick Man.
The story unfolds in narrative fashion with re-creations of the lives of individual early humans, including the Pacific Northwest's most famous early inhabitant, Kennewick Man.
Kennewick Man (skeleton shown at left) almost exclusively ate seafood despite access to land animals.
Not surprisingly, Dewar concentrates on some of the most publicized controversies, the Kennewick man, (a human skeleton, about 8,400 years old, discovered in 1996 near Kennewick, Washington, which was reported to exhibit "Caucasoid" features), and the United States' Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) which, since its passage in 1990, has facilitated the repatriation and reburial of thousands of human skeletons.
These are brought down to recent non-archaeological studies: the corpse and embalming of Lenin, Kennewick Man and his political affray; Irish child burial; the torso recently found in the Thames; and finally the death and ritual relating to Ben Steed, a friend of the author, whose death occurred prematurely in 2000.
The Army Corps showed further signs of trying to stymie research by dumping dirt and rocks on the site where Kennewick Man was found.
A male skeleton, dubbed the Kennewick Man by its discoverers in 1996, became buried and fossilized on the banks of Washington's Columbia River.
She links the concept of being animal to that of being aboriginal in a series of cases studies ranging from the Banff Park Museum, the Kennewick Man repatriation, and even third-hand through the experiments of Edward S.
Tribes claiming Kennewick Man as their ancestor asked the government to return the remains for burial.