Riddle of the Bones: Politics, Science, Race, and the Story of Kennewick Man / Edition 1

Riddle of the Bones: Politics, Science, Race, and the Story of Kennewick Man / Edition 1

by Roger Downey
     
 

Journalist Roger Downey, a Seattle Weekly journalist, vividly recounts the remarkable story of "Kennewick Man," the ongoing controversy over the discovery of a 9,000-year-old "Caucasoid-like" skeleton where no one expected to find one—in the Pacific Northwest. Downey has conduct ed scores of interviews with the scientists and others in the controve rsy, giving

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Journalist Roger Downey, a Seattle Weekly journalist, vividly recounts the remarkable story of "Kennewick Man," the ongoing controversy over the discovery of a 9,000-year-old "Caucasoid-like" skeleton where no one expected to find one—in the Pacific Northwest. Downey has conduct ed scores of interviews with the scientists and others in the controve rsy, giving us a brilliantly written, riveting account of the battles among Native American groups, the U.S. government, and archaeologists over control of the bones and the interpretation of the past. The auth or uses this story, and controversies over other recent finds, to expl ore the fascinating changes that are occurring in scientific interpret ation of the peopling of the Americas and in the practice of modern ar chaeology. The Riddle of the Bones forces us to reconsider what we kno w of America's first settlers and who can legitimately lay claim to th e artifacts and interpretation of our past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387988771
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
River
1. A Day at the Races
2. Bones in the Basement
3. Injun Trouble
4. New Laws and Old Science
Plains
5. Clovis the Barbarian
6. How the West Was Won
7. Biology by the Numbers
8. Is Race Necessary?
Desert
6. Beulah Shows the Way
7. Odin the Thunderer Meets Jean-Luc Picard
8. Competition for Clovis?
9. The Bone Business
10. Three Years and Counting...
Epilog: The View from Jump-Off Joe
Notes
Index

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