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Itasca Site (Minn.); Excavations (Archaeology); Bison


In the summer of 1937 excavations conducted by the University of Minnesota Anthropology Department in Itasca State Park yielded extinct bison and other animal remains along with several stone artifacts. A preliminary notice was published in Science shortly after excavation was completed (Jenks, 193 7). The bones were extracted from a marl layer underlying a peat bog near the south end of the west arm of Lake Itasca. The deposit was discovered during construction of a road bridge over Nicollet Creek adjacent to the site. Material in the following report was assembled from unpublished field notes and records on file in the Anthropology Laboratory, University of Minnesota. Plans are now underway for excavation of undisturbed portions of this important site to recover further material and samples for radiocarbon dating.

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