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  Estimated to be about10,400 years old, this atlatl dart still bears markings made by the original hunter.
 

Estimated to be about 10,400 years old, this atlatl dart still bears markings made by the original hunter.

  
 

 

  

Ice Patch Archaeology

Increasing temperatures and changing patterns of precipitation are exposing traces of ancient human activity in the alpine regions of mountain states. Dr. Craig Lee from the University of Colorado at Boulder discovered some of these artifacts in the Beartooth Mountains on the Shoshone National Forest. The items are now stored in the Billings Curation Center.

Read more about his discovery:

Melting Ice Patch Near Yellowstone National Park Reveals Ancient Hunting Weapon
National Parks Traveler -- by Kurt Repanshek -- July 5, 2010

Ancient Hunting Weapon Discovered in Melting Ice
Livescience -- by Jeanna Bryner -- July 5, 2010


 
Last updated: 10-07-2014