On July 28, 1996, two students happened on a skull that peeked from the mud of a Washington riverbank. When police officers arrived at the site, they called in Chatters, a deputy coroner and scientist. At first glance, Chatters guessed that the skull was that of a white pioneer, perhaps a hundred or so years old, but on examining other skeletal remains, he began to suspect that the human eventually dubbed "Kennewick Man" was much older indeed. Various scientific tests proved him right: the skeleton was around 9,500 years old. But Kennewick Man, he announced, was also "Caucasoid" in appearance, a revelation that triggered charges of racism and tomb-robbing by local Native Americans, who claimed the remains as part of their cultural heritage. The announcement also drew in white supremacists, who seized on Chatters's discovery to argue that their forebears were the first to arrive in North America.
Both the term "Caucasoid" and its racially charged interpretations were off the mark, Chatters writes, for Kennewick Man should be seen as an ancestor to us all. Some of his features, and those of other ancient remains found elsewhere in the Americas, suggest a kinship with peoples as various as Polynesians, Ainu, medieval Icelanders, and Australian aborigines. More important than bloodline is the revision that Kennewick Man and his cousins force in our account of the arrival of humans in the Americas, which, Chatters argues, happened in waves over long periods of time and involved people of widely varied features and genetic traits.
Writing evenly of a controversy that continues to rage, Chatters provides a behind-the-scenes view of physical anthropology, as well as a fascinating revision of the human past. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This was a riveting and well written book.
My Native friends insist that their claim to being the original peoples of this continent are being repudiated by the work of Chatters, Owsley and others.
My test of a good book is if it makes me want to learn/read more about the subject and this one sure does.
another case of Politics (Clinton's Interior Sec) ruling out any science that disagrees with the politics.. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Tonto
I have been interested in Kennewick Man and other 10,000 year old human remains since their discovery. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keith Causey
Interesting read. The author in my opinion was a bit arrogant, and this was not written for the lay person, but it still has many things of interest, and even I could understand a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by thenewser
the book lists all documented findings of humans relicts, that are highly questionable for the archeologists up to now, because they could not explain it by common theories.Published 14 months ago by don Christobal de Belize
Had heard about Kennewick Man but never took the time to read up more fully on the subject. Picked this book to get started, as it was by the chap that first studied the bones, and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kiwi
This is a very good book on a subject I know fairly well, being an armchair archaeologist and a voracious reader. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Robert Henderson
What a great read, I couldn't put this book down either. Since this book was written, Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian, finally had the opportunity to study Kennewick Man and his... Read morePublished 22 months ago by M.E.R
Science, cultures and religions clash over the origins of this very different skeleton found in Washington state. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Dennis Marker
It's seems to be a popular pastime in media to portray the devout as slope browed, mouth breathing troglodytes determined to conform science to their theologically informed vision... Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Joe Keenan