Explore the Burke Museum's virtual exhibit, chronicling the discovery of Kennewick Man's remains and the controversy over their proper treatment. Learn how we formed our concept of race and discover how science continues to challenge this concept.
Delve into the extensive news coverage on Kennewick Man's discovery, the battle over burial rights, and the scientific discoveries that have forced us to reevaluate our assumptions about the earliest Americans.
The news section of this nonprofit organization offers full text of court documents, news articles, and other materials related to the scientists' lawsuit discussed in Claims for the Remains.
BooksSkull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity By David Hurst Thomas. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
This book examines the Kennewick lawsuit and the ongoing conflict between Native American tribes and the scientific community over who owns the rights to archeological finds.
Riddle of the Bones: Politics, Science, Race, and the Story of the Kennewick Man By Roger Downey. New York: Copernicus, 1999.
Reporter Downey uses the Kennewick controversy to spotlight the role the politics of race relations has come to play in the process of scientific inquiry.
Atlas of the Prehistoric World By Douglas Palmer. Bethesda: Discovery Communications, 1999.
View spectacular maps and illustrations of each geological era from the dawn of our planet's history to the emergence of the first human beings. Photographs of the fossils and other artifacts from each period accompany the maps, along with explanations of how these items helped shape our view of prehistory.
Bones, Boats, and Bison: Archeology and the First Colonization of Western North America By E. James Dixon. Albuquerque: The University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
A direct challenge to the theory of the Bering Land Bridge, this book asserts that the first Americans were fishermen who arrived by boat some 2,000 years before the first Clovis settlers in North America.
Quest for the Origins of the First Americans By E. James Dixon. Albuquerque: The University of New Mexico Press, 1993.
This work presents a fascinating reconstruction of life in prehistoric Alaska through the author's own scientific analysis of blood residue found on ancient stone tools.