Why We Dig: Revelations and Shifting Research Questions at the La Prele Mammoth Site
Faculty, Anthropology Department, CSU, Chico
Dr. O’Brien provides an update to his previous presentation about his archeological research at the La Prele Mammoth site in Wyoming. Since his last presentation a major shift took place in the nature of the excavation work there, which was started in 1987. The guiding question for the first 18 years had been, “Is the mammoth at the La Prele Site associated with a human occupation?” The question has become, “Is this site just a mammoth kill site?” Dr. O’Brien focuses on two field sessions in summer 2015 that resulted in new revelations; several CSU, Chico Anthropology students took part in these sessions. Dr. O’Brien concludes by sharing plans for future excavations which he hopes will result in more discoveries.
Recorded: October 8, 2015