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Kennewick Man or The Ancient One Workshop

In 1996 a discovery of human remains in Kennewick, WA launched a debate between science and culture. In this workshop we'll learn about the controversy surrounding these ancient human remains and the subsequent court case that ensued. Burke Museum archaeologists will provide a timeline and background about the site. Education staff will introduce the new Burke Box, "The Human Remains Known as Kennewick Man or the Ancient One," with curriculum designed for upper middle and high school Social Studies classes. Join us to learn more about the complex issues inherent in the intriguing field of archaeology.

Please note: we will not be viewing the remains of Kennewick Man during this workshop.

kennewick man
Kennewick Man was about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a robust, muscular build. At the time of his death, he was between 30 and 50 years of age and had survived a projectile point wound in his right hip that probably made walking difficult. The area