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Kennewick Man

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Hidden : 8/13/2007
In Washington, United States
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

On July 28, 1996 two young men encountered a human skull along the banks of the Columbia River at Kennewick, Washington, during the Hydroplane Water Follies Races. More bones were discovered of an almost complete skeleton of an ancient man. After much study, it was determined "that this was a male of late middle age (40-55 years), and tall (170 to 176 cm ), slender build. He had suffered numerous injuries, the most severe of which were compound fractures of at least 6 ribs and apparent damage to his left shoulder musculature, atrophy of the left humerus due to the muscle damage, and the healing projectile wound in his right pelvis. The lack of head flattening from cradle board use, minimal arthritis in weight-bearing bones, and the unusually light wear on his teeth distinguish the behavior and diet of Kennewick Man from that of more recent peoples in the region."

The above descriptions were taken from the essay, K E N N E W I C K M A N By James C. Chatters, the Anthropologist/Archeologist who was the official Scientist Examiner of Kennewick Man. For a more complete report of his study, see:

If you are curious about what he really looked like, check out the Nova article about how they re-constructed the skull in an attempt to determine just what he might have looked like.

There is a display panel about Kennewick Man, along the trail in the Audubon Society Trail area, a bit more to the East here in Columbia Park.

There are many websites dealing with this discovery and the ensuing controversy over just who this Ancient One belonged to and where he should ultimately spend eternity. The 6-8 year custody battle finally ended and allowed scientific study of the 9,300 year old bones. The National Park Service has this report: The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture discusses the ownership controversy at this site:

Link to Kennewick Man's My Space Page

To learn more about the Kennewick Man visit these additional links: * Mystery of the First Americans, NOVA Online. ( * Friends of America's Past, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the rights of scientists and the public to learn about America's past. (

Cache is an ammo can.

To find the log book, you have to "get into" Kennewick man's mind.

update 9-24-09----Kennewick man's skull is no longer in the ammo can. Apparently someone thought it was a trade item, so it has moved on, toward Boise, I understand.

I wanted something special for my 100th hide, and couldn't decide between 3 I have ready, so they will all count as my 100th, Kennewick Man GC15463, Kennewick Woman's Picnic GC15708, and Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Work We Go---Diamond Mine GC16216

Update, July 2012
It appears that someone has "Kidnapped" Kennewick man again. The skull in the container WAS Kennewick man, and was NOT swag. Someone keeps taking the skull.

Update 12-20-12 This location has been found repeatedly by muggles who take the skull and logbook, but leave the ammo can. Please DO NOT LEAVE TRACKABLES HERE. It is not safe for them.

Update 2015, No longer under the tree. A homeless or teen has taken up residence there.

Update on Kennewick Man, 2–22-17 Kennewick Man has finally been laid to rest. See these links to his recent move to a final home: Kennewick Man reburied

RIP Kennewick Man

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vs lbh "Yrns" Xraarjvpx zna nybar, lbh jba'g svaq uvz abe or noyr gb "cbfg" lbhe svaq.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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Last Updated: on 10/13/2017 3:06:57 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:06 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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