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300-year-old bones found on Columbia at Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Human bones found sticking out of an eroding Columbia River riverbank at Richland were more than 300 years old and have been turned over to tribal authorities.

No information on the discovery last July was released until a joint meeting Thursday between the Richland City Council and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

A tribal official, Armand Minthorn, says more individuals are likely buried at the site.

In 1996, a 9,300-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man was found along the river at Kennewick.  The skeleton was too old to be connected to any present-day tribe and is now at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle.