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Stikine skull could be carbon dated


The cranial section of a skull found by Vena Stough last month on Government Slough may be dated soon courtesy of radio carbon testing. Stough found the skull fragment on Oct. 5 during a hunting and fishing trip.

A skull found near the mouth of the Stikine River in October may require radiocarbon date testing to determine if it came from a Native Alaskan.

The skull, which was discovered by Wrangellite Vena Stough while hunting near Government Slough on Oct. 5, was first turned over to the Wrangell Police Department, who then handed it over to the Tongass National Forest supervisor’s office in Petersburg.

According to Forest Service anthropologist Jane L. Smith, the office of the Alaska State Medical Examiner was unable to determine, after reviewing photos of the skull, a number of factors that giv...

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