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Dawn of the Dog Article

A very important and fascinating subject to undertake.  Here’s an interesting new article about the domestication of dogs from Science. Dogs were the very first thing humans domesticated—before any plant, before any other animal. Yet despite decades of study, researchers … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Vero Beach Mammoth

We, at the Clovis site, have a tie to Vero Beach through the work of Dr. Elias Sellards.  Much of his work in New Mexico was forty years later but we owe a great debt to his research out here. … Continue reading

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Bison

The signature species of the Great Plains of North America. They were utilized in abundance by prehistoric people and are extremely common at the Clovis site. The hunting traps at Blackwater Draw were in regular use for thousands of years. … Continue reading

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A Bison Trap at the Clovis Site (poster)

An excellent poster about Ms. Bennett’s work on the South Bank Bison Trap at the Clovis Site.  Click the image for a larger image or the following for a full pdf: Bison Trap_S.Bennett_10-7-2013_smallest

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Bioarchaeology Link: Powered by Osteons

A Bone Girl Blog Powered by Osteons is an interesting bioarchaeology website with a focus on Rome but with a remarkably broad set of interests.  I have only scratched the surface myself. Dr Kristina Killgrove is an “assistant professor in … Continue reading

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Rancho La Brea Photo Album

Recent travels allowed for a quick visit to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.  Now in their one hundredth year of excavation, the site has yielded over 600 species to date with a NISP of over 3.5 … Continue reading

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First dairying in green Saharan Africa in the fifth millennium bc

Interesting stuff from Nature, 20 June 2012: “In the prehistoric green Sahara of Holocene North Africa—in contrast to the Neolithic of Europe and Eurasia—a reliance on cattle, sheep and goats emerged as a stable and widespread way of life, long … Continue reading

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Mammoth Butchered By Lions Then Seized By Humans

The Yuka Mammoth.  A very interesting and important find from Siberia tells us some harsh facts about its demise.  Investigators believe it was taken by a large predator, possibly a lion, then stolen away by humans.  “Even more interesting, there … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week

An Agate Basin point made of Alibates Agate from north Texas found in situ below a bison mandible.  While the quality of these photos are not great, they show an amazing find that was not discovered until long after the … 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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The Snowmass Mastodons

Excavations of the amazing finds near Snowmass, Colorado are wrapping up.   Mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, bison, camels and horses were all found in excellent state of preservation.  There was apparently wood and leaves found in the boggy environment.  I hope … Continue reading

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