Message #366:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: More on the 9,200 Year-Old Human Remains
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 96 18:22:00 MST
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From: David Sewell

[A Washington state newspaper has created a WWW site to document
controversy over the dating and study of "Kennewick Man", apparently
an early Holocene skeleton found this summer.  (Dating was done at
the University of California, Riverside.)  It sounds like the newspaper
is interested in hearing from specialists with opinions on either the
dating/identification of the bones or the general issue of repatriation 
of remains before they have been fully studied.  --DS]

>From: Perdue Andy

>Hi, you may be interested in checking out a Web site we've set
>up about Kennewick Man, the 9,200-year-old bones found this
>summer along the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.

>The URL is
>If you have questions or comments, please let me know.
>Andy Perdue, Tri-City Herald news editor/Web content editor

Kennewick Man
The Debate That Spans 9,000 Years

It started when two young boat-racing enthusiasts stumbled across a skull 
alongside the Columbia River.

It has evolved into a skirmish between American Indians who believe nature 
should be left to take its course with the remains and scientists who want 
to study them.

In the middle are the bones of a man believed to have lived 9,300 years ago 
to the age of 45 who was wounded by a stone projectile.

>From the skeleton's discovery through the battle over who will gain its 
control, the Tri-City Herald has been there.

This Web site provides an archive of the Herald's articles, along with links 
to other resources about this hotly contested topic.

Please feel free to mail comments regarding this page to news editor 
Andy Perdue , or contact staff writer 
John Stang , who has followed the story from its first day.




"There's tradition that once in the ground nature will take care of the remains, and once dead that's where they should be -- resting at peace." Al Halfmoon, a leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation "Repatriation will deprive scholars of any opportunity or right to study this treasure. Study of the skeleton would be of a major benefit to the United States." Body of a request filed by eight anthropologists to halt the bones' return.