New Data From Tochak

FAIRBANKS- Last year, 3 human skeletal remains were found at a construction site in McGrath, which is now called the Tochak [TAW-check] Discovery. Yesterday, researchers presented early data that paints a very unique portrait about 3 Native Alaskans who drowned 1-thousand years ago. They found a striking feature in the jaw of the young man- a fourth molar and a two-rooted canine tooth. These dental features have never been observed in Alaska Natives. The remains were well preserved and researchers say they have a lot more to learn about the prehistoric people. Yesterday, an Anthropologist from UAF, Carrin Halffman, says she studied their diet which consisted mostly of salmon. She added, the 2 year old infant had been weaned, which is surprisingly young, based on previous observations.