Dust settles on Kennewick Man

Getting a bit esoteric, my most recent column for The Torch is “Dust Settles on Kennewick Man.” It’s about the 9,000 year-old human remains found in Washington in 1996 that scientists and several American Indian tribes have been fighting for control over. The Department of the Interior ruled in favor of the Indians, but the courts have decided in favor of the scientists.

In writing the article, James Chatters’s book Ancient Encounters proved an invaluable resource. Chatters was the forensic anthroplogist who the remains were brought to for identification. Though written before the controversy was wrapped up, it’s a fascinating read.

The rest of the new issue is available on the weblog.