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Ancient human remains found by hikers in Washington

The ancient Native American remains were found by hikers outside the small town of Trinidad, Washington.

State officials have determined the bones found June 4 are of Native American heritage and could be hundreds to thousands of years old.

The Wenatchee World reports the bones the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation has notified three local tribes that they can take possession of the bones. The hikers found a skull and numerous bone parts.

Guy Tasa, a state physical anthropologists, says people have lived in Washington for about 13,000 years and finding ancient remains is not unusual. Tasa says the three tribes usually decide where the remains will be buried.

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