Cultural Activity Associated with Prehistoric Mammoth Butchering and Processing

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Science  12 Nov 1976:
Vol. 194, Issue 4266, pp. 728-730
DOI: 10.1126/science.194.4266.728


Stacked mammoth bones at the Colby site in northern Wyoming reflect human cultural activity that is believed to have been peripheral to the butchering and processing of the animals. A projectile point found beneath the first bones placed in the pile leaves no doubt of human involvement in the stacking of the bones, but the significance of this kind of cultural activity is open to several interpretations.