The remains of a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago, referred to as Tuqan Man, were laid to rest last week on the same island after being excavated from San Miguel Island in 2005. The remains were discovered at an archaeological site by archaeologists with the University of Oregon and were in danger of being lost due to ocean erosion. The excavation was performed to determine if the man was, in fact, Native American. Through a comprehensive scientific study, including geological, osteological and biochemical analyses, it was determined that Tuqan Man lived on the island during the same time as the Chumash, and the original burial indicated traditional practices: He was found on his left side in a flexed position with his head pointed to west and his face to the north. The recent ceremony of the burial was not photographed, as to preserve its sanctity.
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