9000-Year-Old Native American Burial Stunned Experts (Video)
In Southeastern Washington, the discovery of the 9,000-year-old remains, known as Kennewick Man, has captivated paleoanthropologists. This ancient Native American, with a stocky build and standing at about five feet seven inches, left behind a remarkable osteobiography. His life, marked by injuries and adaptations, reveals a tale of survival and resilience. Kennewick Man's injuries, including a spear wound in his hip and broken ribs, suggest a life of confrontation and challenges. Remarkably, the spear narrowly missed a fatal blow to his abdominal cavity, indicating a stroke of luck or perhaps assistance from a caring community. The injuries on his chest and cranium hint at a life filled with battles or accidents, leaving behind an intriguing narrative etched into his bones.
His wide-bodied frame and the evidence of surfer's ear suggest a connection to the Northwest coast, where he likely engaged in hunting, fishing, and storytelling. Kennewick Man's burial, intentional and facing upstream, adds another layer to the mystery, sparking debates among researchers about the circumstances surrounding his final resting place. As paleoanthropologists unravel the complexities of Kennewick Man's life, the ancient Native American continues to defy expectations, challenging preconceptions about his origins and weaving a tale of a resilient individual who thrived in a challenging landscape.
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Top image: Native American skull of Kennewick Man. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Ancient Geographic.