CWUNewsNews Museum Exhibit, 11 Jul 2012 12:42:08<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 235px; height: 178px;"></p><p>You can see some of the mammoth finds on display at the Museum of Culture &amp; the Environment on the CWU campus in Ellensburg.&nbsp; The current exhibit is in a display window called “Window on Central,” facing the public hallway.&nbsp; It features two of the actual mammoth bones (a 4 foot-long leg bone and a neck bone), one of the two human-made artifacts, and overview of research at the site.</p><p>On weekends when the museum is open, there is also a “mammoth cart” with cast reproductions of mammoth bones found at the site, and digging tools.&nbsp; These can be touched and picked up by visitors of all ages.&nbsp; A 4-foot bone looks pretty impressive in a picture with a youngster!</p><p>From 2010-2012, there was also a lobby wall exhibit with a full-size mammoth illustration and some explanation about mammoths and bones found at the site.&nbsp; By 2012, the mammoth illustration was showing significant wear-and-tear, and so it was removed in the summer to make way for a new exhibit.&nbsp; A smaller version of the mammoth illustration will be added to the “Window on Central” exhibit.</p><p>The <a href="/museum">Museum</a> is located on the ground floor of Dean Hall, on D Street between 11<sup>th</sup> and 14<sup>th</sup> Avenue.&nbsp; It is free and open to the public.&nbsp; The mammoth display is open whenever the building is open, generally 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and also when the museum is open.</p></p style="text-align: center;">Dig is Now Closed, 11 Jul 2012 12:38:09<p>The Wenas Creek Mammoth excavation is currently closed. &nbsp;After 6 years of digging, we needed to take a break for three main reasons.&nbsp; First, we had a lot of material from those 6 years, and we need time to analyze and report on that.&nbsp; (It is a slow process to clean and analyze the bones.&nbsp; This is pretty clear when you consider that as of July 2012, we still had not cleaned and consolidated all of the bones from the 2005-2010 excavation.)&nbsp; Second, we wanted to end without leaving lots of bones partially uncovered, and we were at a good stopping place in 2010.&nbsp; Third, due to archaeological ethics, we think we need to leave parts of all sites for the future when methods will no doubt be much better than today.</p><p>Although the dig is closed, you can get a good view of the 2010 dig on our<a href="" target="_blank"> 3-D virtual dig tour,</a> donated by High Sierra Productions (see photos below).&nbsp; In the future we might reconsider additional excavations, but for now, we are focusing on cleaning, analysis, and writing about the project.&nbsp; The first two writing projects we are doing are about the two site artifacts, and dating of the site.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/mammoth/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/mammoth/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 151px;"></a>&nbsp; <a href="/mammoth/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/mammoth/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 151px;"></a></p><p>The site artifact project involves project director Dr. Patrick (Pat) Lubinski (CWU), and chipped stone tool specialists Dr. Karisa Terry (CWU) and Dr. Patrick McCutcheon (CWU).&nbsp; The paper will describe the two chipped stone artifacts by comparison to the stone occurring naturally at the site, and to experimentally-produced chipped stone flakes.&nbsp; This is done in order to evaluate whether they are definite artifacts made by people, or things produced by nature that look like artifacts, which some people call “geofacts.”</p><p>The site dating project involves luminescence dating specialist Dr. Jim Feathers (University of Washington), Dr. Pat Lubinski (CWU), and geomorphologist Dr. Karl Lillquist (CWU).&nbsp; The paper will describe the methods we used to try to determine an age for the artifact found about six inches above a mammoth bone.&nbsp; The bone has been estimated to be about 17,000 years old using radiocarbon dating, but the age of the overlying artifact is uncertain.</p><p>Other ongoing projects focus on mammoth genetics (Jake Enk, McMaster University), site geomorphology (Dr. Karl Lillquist, CWU), as well as pollen, bone identifications, taphonomy, and other topics at the site.</p></p style="text-align: center;">