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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kennewick Man Dated

SEATTLE -- Kennewick Man, whose bones were found in 1998 on the banks of the Columbia River, was 9,300 years old according to radiocarbon dating tests. He was also, federal archeologists have concluded, an American Indian.

Those findings - released Jan. 13 pending the result of final cultural studies - establish Kennewick Man as one of the oldest skeletal remains ever found in North America. And scientists are hopeful that he may provide a clue to answer perplexing questions about the continent's first human inhabitants.

Federal officials, however, still must rule on whether native tribes have the right to reclaim Kennewick Man's bones and bury them.