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“Can You Dig It?” By: Bethany Cook

Published on July 7, 2016 under Current Research
“Can You Dig It?” By: Bethany Cook

Can You Dig It?

The answer is yes. Have you ever had an interest in paleontology and wanted a bucket list experience? The Mammoth Site® may have what you are looking for…The Mammoth Site Excavation and Preservation Program.

How does this program work?

The Mammoth Site conducts a four-week long excavation each summer, which is divided into two 2-week sessions (Session 1– June 26-July 10, 2016 and Session 2-July 10-July 24, 2016). You must be 18 years and older to participate in the program. The cost for new participants is $3,000.00 which covers your room and board for those two weeks.


What will I be doing as a participant in the program?

As a participant in The Mammoth Site Excavation and Preservation Program, participants spend time excavating in the Bonebed, screenwashing excavated sediments, participating in Bonebed mapping, working in the research lab on a variety of projects, and tour the molding & casting laboratory.

The dig site is completely enclosed indoors, so unlike other excavation crews, Mammoth Site participants work in a shaded, climate controlled setting.

Once at the Site, participants will be briefed on safety procedures. The first few days of excavation will be devoted to training in proper excavation techniques, use of various tools and how to move safely through the Bonebed. Training will vary based on assigned tasks and level of prior experience and will continue until participants are confident and skilled enough to complete their assignments successfully.

If this is something you can dig click here for more information or call 605-745-6017

Check out this video and see what it’s like from a participant’s perspective in the Bonebed

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