Researchers unearth 11,000-year-old bones


By Rory Flynn Published: Thursday, July 7, 2005

Remnants of early humans in the Great Plains were successfully located at a dig in northwestern Kansas by a group of researchers from the Kansas Geological Survey. at the University of Kansas, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The survey team, made up of the group of researchers, staff from the Kansas State Historical Society and approximately 40 volunteers from the Kansas Anthropological Association, found bones from a bison killed by humans, and that shows evidence of some of the earliest human life in the Great Plains.

The bison bones date back to the Clovis period that began 12,200 years ago. The director of the dig, Kansas Geological Survey archaeological geologist Rolfe Mandel, said, “This find marks the first recorded Clovis period human campsite.”

The dig, which took place near Goodland, in Sherman County, began June 4 and concluded June 19. Previous digs at this site unearthed artifacts such as mammoth bones and tools from about 11,000 years ago. Mandel said he felt the site could offer new evidence on the period of time that humans entered the Western Hemisphere. He said it had yet to give any definitive evidence of human activity in the western world earlier than the pre-Clovis pe