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New findings revelaed from La Prele Mammoth site

New findings revelaed from La Prele Mammoth site

Dr. Todd Surovell, an anthropology professor at the University of Wyoming, director of the Frison Institute, and an archaeologist with specialization in Paleoindian period, conducted a presentation on New Findings at the La Prele Mammoth site in Wyoming last week at the Hudson Town Hall. 

The site has grown every year of its investigation. The investigation in August 2016 yielded the following observations: 

  • An additional 10 square meter units were investigated and documented to add to the research results
  • Artifacts were found in all units except one 
  • Evidence of other large animals other than mammoth were present
  • DNA testing needs to be completed on those other bone fragments from large animals 
  • The ocher level is about six feet in diameter
  • At least 2 more bone needles were found plus a bone bead, spoke shave tool, and an end scraper plus 100s of small artifacts. 
  • Water screening the dirt from each square meter was instrumental in finding small stone flakes and the additional bone needles and bone bead. 
  • One bone needle clearly shows a remnant of the eye of the needle. 
  • The bone bead in ocher stain from a mammoth site is oldest bone bead in North America. 
  • The La Prele mammoth site is revealing a kill site and domestic activities of sewing and decoration with indications of a camp site. 
Investigations will continue as funding becomes available. The free presentation was sponsored by the Fremont County Archaeological Society. The Frison Institute based in the Anthropology Building at the University of Wyoming now has a $50,000 matching fund by the University of Wyoming. State wide community support of the Frison Institute has been instrumental in the ability of the Frison Institute to awards $5000 grants each year for Wyoming research. Learn more here:

All photos were taken by Leniegh Schrinar during the 2016 August field tour of the La Prele Mammoth site.