Category Archives: fauna

Following Up on the South Bank

The South Bank of the Clovis site refers to an area at the southern end of the prehistoric pond around which lie a group of cultural sites spanning a time from the end of the last ice age until recent … Continue reading

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And the evidence continues to build.

Score one, possibly a definitive one, for the pre-Clovis people.  Below is an abstract from an article by Michael R. Waters et al published in the October, 2011 issue of Science that summarizes his findings concerning a projectile point lodged … Continue reading

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Hawk and Snake

Blackwater Draw is still an active hunting site. I was fortunate enough to see an amazing wildlife battle yesterday evening.  It was life at its rawest on the Llano Estacado.  I wanted to be an impartial observer but, being human, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week 9/16/2011

Illustration of a worked mammoth tusk excavated and on display at the Blackwater Draw site. Archaeologically speaking, finding the raw material (mammoth ivory), or finding finished tools (ivory rods, shaft wrenches…), is far more common than finding ivory  in the … Continue reading

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The Age of Dogs

Its seems the date of dog domestication keeps being pushed further back in time.  Recent finds in the Altai mountains of Siberia indicate domestication by 33,000 B.P., near the peak of the last ice-age.  The specimen shows paedomophism in the … Continue reading

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Sloth!

Humerus from a Paramylodon harlani discovered in 1963 by the El Llano Archaeological Society the Gray Sands at or just below the Clovis levels.  This is the upper front leg of a large ancestral sloth that lived in the Southern … Continue reading

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Folsom wedge excavation in progress

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Artifact of the Week 3/7/2011

LA3324.24177: Modified bone. This bone tool was was discovered by F. E. Green in 1963 during the Blackwater Draw North Bank excavations.  This tool is made from a portion of bison scapula or shoulder blade.  The scapula is used for … Continue reading

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Archival Photo of the Week

A clovis point found in association with a fibula from Mammoth I in the North Bank.  This excavation was conducted by the El Llano Archaeological Society in 1962.

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Artifact of the Week 2/21/2011

Bone artifact found December 12, 1962 at the Blackwater Draw site.  This tool is made from an unidentified bison longbone. Learn more about Bone tools.

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Archival Photo of the Week

The photo archives of the Blackwater Draw site contain thousands of photographs dating back to the 1930s.  Michele Green, a graduate student at Eastern New Mexico University, is currently undertaking the enormous task of converting these images into a digital … Continue reading

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Pleistocene Fauna in the News

Animals that died over a long period during the Ice Age(s) were recently discovered at Snowmass, Colorado. “For two weeks, Denver Museum of Nature & Science crews have been pulling out treasures: five or more mastodons, a bison skull with … Continue reading

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