WILSALL, Mont. (AP) — The 12,600-year-old remains of an infant boy have been reburied in a Native American ceremony in Montana.
Representatives of American Indian tribes conducted the ceremony Saturday for the boy, who was between 1 year and 18 months old when he died of an unknown cause.
About 30 tribal representatives from Montana and Washington and others attended the ceremony.
The boy’s interment came decades after his remains were found in 1968.
Scientists recently recovered the DNA of the boy, providing new indications of the ancient roots of today’s American Indians and other native peoples of the Americas.
It’s the oldest genome ever recovered from the New World.
The Billings Gazette reports that the boy’s remains were returned to a place as close as possible to the original burial site.