Prehistoric Bison Dig
Prehistoric Bison Dig

 

Archaelogogists Find Prehistoric Bison Jawbone on Ranch

Archaeologist, Randolph Tedor, and team conducted archaeological testing on our property this summer . They found an archaeological site on top of the southern hill on the "frog farm".

It was unofficially named the "Hollembaek Hill Site". Their excavation consisted of an approximately 3' X 1 1/2 ' X 6 ' deep pit on the southeastern slope of the hill overlooking the clear-cuts to the east. It looked like there were several occupations at the site that probably represent roughly the last 12,000 years or so of human activity in the area.

They found archaeological material throughout the excavation, but the small hole did not produce any diagnostic artifacts that told them about what particular tool making activities that may have been conducted at the site. They found a few stone flakes which let them know that making stone tools of some type were there. They also found an impressive amount of animal remains from both large and small mammals, birds, and even a couple fish vertebrae. The most exciting discovery was a large piece of an upper jaw fragment with teeth from a prehistoric bison. They are planning on dating this in order to see how old that particular level is. 

These archaeologists presented their findings from the site   at the Alaska Anthropological Association in Fairbanks. 

 

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