300-year-old bones found on Columbia at Richland

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.

The Tri-City Herald reports 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.