On this day in history, July 28, 1996... A skull was discovered on the shores of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington. After initial investigation by the coroner, return trips to the site yielded a collection of 350 more bones and bone fragments, comprising almost the full skeleton. A small bone fragment was submitted for radiocarbon dating, and the tests indicated that the skeleton was more than 9,000 years old. Based on bone features, it was initially thought that the Kennewick Man was of European descent, which would obviously re-write the history of North America. The discovery sparked a debate among the scientific community and the local Native Americans, who called the man "the Ancient One" and insisted on burial of the remains without disturbing them through scientific study. The discovery remains one of the most complete ancient skeletons ever found.