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Office of the Secretary, DOI
For Release: February 24, 1999
Contact: Stephanie Hanna (O)

             (Burke Museum)
             Sherrie Boyer (O)


Dr. Francis McManamon, Chief Archaeologist for the Department of the Interior, and members of the team of scientists performing the first stage of examinations on the skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man will hold a media briefing on Thursday, February 25, at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at 11:30 a.m. The Burke Museum is located at NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE, at the main entrance to the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle.

"We have assembled an excellent team of experienced physical anthropologists and archaeologists with first-rate reputations in the specialities we require for this first phase of non-destructive testing of the bones," McManamon said.

A second and longer opportunity to hear from the scientific team, including those involved in housing and conserving the bones, will be held at the University of Washington on Saturday, February 27. The team will take a break from their examination activities between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to offer media and the public a more detailed discussion of the purpose and nature of the examinations underway, the expertise of the scientific team members, the role of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 in this discovery, the conservation techniques used in preparing the more than 300 skeletal fragments for non-destructive investigations, and an opportunity to ask questions on related topics. The February 27 forum will be held in Kane Hall in Room 220. Kane Hall is located near the Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus.

WHO: Dr. Francis McManamon of the Department of the Interior and the Kennewick Man scientific examination team.

WHEN: Thursday, February 25th at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Public is welcome to attend this session.)

WHERE: The University of Washington

Thursday at the Burke Museum

Saturday in Room 220, Kane Hall

WHY: Scientists are conducting examinations to determine the age and origins of skeletal remains found in the Columbia River in July, 1997.

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