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Colby Mammoth Site

The Colby Mammoth site in northern Wyoming was discovered during the construction of a reservoir in 1962. Archaeologists have classified it as a mammoth kill site, due to the presence of mammoth remains together with stone projectile points. The site is dated to 11,280 +/- 220 years BP, and contains the disarticulated bones of at least seven mammoths, along with a Clovis tool kit that includes flakes, projectile points, a hammerstone/ chopper, abraders and bone tools.

Although some of the bones were scattered more than 50 meters, the arrangement of the artifacts and mammoth bones shows signs of human agency, and has led researchers to suggest that the hunters may have used the site as a meat cache.

Further Reading:

Frison, George C. and Lawrence C. Todd
1986 The Colby mammoth site: taphonomy and archaeology of a Clovis kill in northern Wyoming. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.