Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World ((Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades)


In 1996 two young men were walking the shore of the Columbia River when one reached down to pick up a rock and  “literally found himself face-to-face to Kennewick man."  He was looking at a 9, 400 year old man. Thus begins a study of this one man who reveals his story through the results of forensic analysis, CT scans, radiocarbon dating, and the important practices of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Reparation).

The world of Paleoamericans reveals itself bit by bit through the information gathered from these bones along with other discoveries from that era:  Spirit Cave Man, Arch Lake Woman, and the Horn Shelter People.

Readers will be stunned as the facial bones come together piece by piece until they are looking at a fellow human being. Striking links to our story through thousands and thousands of years past.

96 pages     978-0761374572   Ages 12 and up

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


On July 28, 1996, two young men stumbled upon human bones in the shallow water along the shore of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. Was this an unsolved murder? The remnants of some settler's or Native American's unmarked grave? What was the story behind this skeleton?  from the publisher


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