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2014 Excavation Season

Published on August 4, 2014 under Current Research
2014 Excavation Season

The Mammoth Site has once again wrapped up our summer excavation season! A total of 24 volunteers, 2 high school scholarship winners and 1 visiting scientist helped us continue our on-site investigations into the history of our sinkhole. We found an exciting variety of new specimens including everything from tiny snails to gigantic mammoth bones and bits of charcoal to coprolites (fossil poop).

Earthwatch Session 1 volunteers, clockwise from top left: Biz Storms, Reynotta Hoberecht, Kelly Whitecotton, Ken Dowell, Barb Dowell, and Cynthia Lewis-Younger.

Earthwatch Session 1 volunteers, clockwise from top left: Biz Storms, Reynotta Hoberecht, Kelly Whitecotton, Ken Dowell, Barb Dowell, and Cynthia Lewis-Younger.

Our excavators uncovered nearly 200 new specimens. Most were small bits and pieces of bones. These fragments are found throughout our bonebed and might have formed from large bones that were stomped and smashed by mammoths trying to climb out of the sinkhole 26,000 years ago. We also several found larger mammoth bones including a vertebral disc, the spinous process of a thoracic vertebra, a toe bone and two pieces of tooth plate.

EW 2014 #2

Now that excavation is over, the Mammoth Site team is now working on the detailed process of documenting, photographing, mapping, and labeling all our new finds.