Saturday, August 7, 2010

Archaelogical Dig for Ice Age Mammoth Bones! Update 8.7.10

The Yakima Valley is the site of the Wenas Creek Mammoth Project, a scientific dig for Ice Age Mammoth bones near Selah, Washington. Update 8.7.2010

Last day to view the dig was August 7,2010. Video below is explanation of findings and talk on the opportunity that was offered to those wanting to view the dig.

Visitors to the Museum of Culture & Environment, Dean Hall, on the CWU campus, can see some of the finds of the project. The exhibit is open to the public during campus building hours Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, and while the museum gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 2pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

The Mammoth dig was conducted by Central Washington University, with methods from paleontology, archeology, and geography, to scientifically recover the bones and place them into an appropriate geological context. This interesting and perhaps once in a lifetime experience, was open for public tours,
Tuesday through Saturday, July 13-August 7, 2010. On these tours one saw how the bones are found and excavated from the site. These guided tours occured every 30 minutes Tuesday-Saturday from 9-2 p.m. with the last one starts at 1:30. Bring water, sunscreen and sturdy shoes for walking as the site conditions are hot, dry and dusty.

There is an online web cam that will be available for viewing the dig in action. This dig is on private property and only accessible during the dates for the public tours.

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