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Second Skeleton Emerges at Wanapum Dam

Friday, March 14, 2014


VANTAGE, WASHINGTON—River guards and Native Americans are struggling to protect the archaeological sites, petroglyphs, and graves that were exposed by the drawdown of the reservoir at the cracked Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River. And, a second set of human remains has been discovered 500 yards downstream from the first skeleton, which has been identified as male and Native American. “We are not going to take pieces of the remains and carbon 14 date them at this point, or anything else,” Allyson Brooks, director of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, told Northwest Public Radio.