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Kennewick Man/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about Kennewick Man.
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  • Ancient Encounters: Kennewick Man and the First Americans By James C. Chatters. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. ISBN 068485936X
  • Riddle of the Bones: Politics, Science, Race, and the Story of the Kennewick Man By Roger Downey. New York: Copernicus, 1999. ISBN 0387988777
  • Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity By David Hurst Thomas. New York: Basic Books, 2000. ISBN 046509225X

Scholarly and technical articles

  • James C. Chatters. 2000. "The Recovery and First Analysis of an Early Holocene Human Skeleton from Kennewick, Washington" American Antiquity, 65(2):291-316. Available at JSTOR.
  • Cynthia-Lou Coleman and Erin V. Dysart. 2005. "Framing of Kennewick Man against the Backdrop of a Scientific and Cultural Controversy." Science Communication, 27(1):3-26. DOI: 10.1177/1075547005278609
  • Virginia Morell. 1998. "Kennewick Man's Trials Continue." Science, 280(5361):190-192.
  • Virginia Morell. 1998. "Genes may Link Ancient Eurasians, Native Americans" Science, 280(5363):520. Available at JSTOR.
  • Douglas W. Owsley and Richard L. Jantz. 2001. "Archaeological Politics and Public Interest in Paleoamerican Studies: Lessons from Gordon Creek Woman and Kennewick Man." American Antiquity, 66(4):565-575. Available at JSTOR.
  • Andrew L. Slayman. 1997. "A Battle Over Bones." Archaeology, 50(1):16-23.
  • Alan Swedlund and Duane Anderson. 1999. "Gordon Creek Woman Meets Kennewick Man: New Interpretations and Protocols Regarding the Peopling of the Americas." American Antiquity, 64(4):569-576. Available at JSTOR.
  • Lillian D. Wakely, et. al. 1998. "Geologic, Geoarchaeologic, and Historical Investigation of the Discovery Site of Ancient Remains in Columbia Park, Kennewick, Washington." U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technical Report GL-98-13.
  • Joe Watkins. 2004. "Cultural Affiliation Becoming American or Becoming Indian?: NAGPRA, Kennewick and Cultural Affiliation" Journal of Social Archaeology, 60(4):60-80. DOI: 10.1177/1469605304039850

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