martes, 17 de marzo de 2015

2,500-Year-Old Bison-Kill Site Offers New Clues Into Ancient Culture of Northern Plains


1/3. Students excavate a small section of the Fincastle bison-kill site.
 
A massive and rather cunning bison kill carried out some 2,500 years ago among the sand dunes of southern Alberta left behind a wealth of artifacts that are offering new insights into a poorly-understood culture of the ancient Northern Plains.

In addition to the scattered remains of at least 65 bison, archaeologists have found more than a hundred stone points, most of them fashioned from a type of rock found only in North Dakota, a thousand kilometers away.

And beneath the layer of animal fragments and tools, even more rare finds were discovered: eight arrangements of bison bones found standing on end, perched in precise, almost sculptural patterns. [...]  westerndigs.org