A work crew in Oregon found Mammoth bones at the Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium while excavation of the land for expansion was taking place.
The Oregon Beavers have been on a break. After the end of season this year, the Reser Stadium at the Oregon State University was cleared for expansion and construction. So the work crews came and work started on the site. The first step was the excavation of the entire grounds before laying the base.
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This Monday, the construction was put on hold because a worker in the northern area reported that he had found a bone. A big femur by the looks of it. The work was stopped and the archaeology department was contacted to come to the field and identify the bone.
The bog femur belonged to the extinct species of mammoth. OSU spokesman Steve Clark said Tuesday afternoon that they believed that the bone was 10,000 years old and belonged to a mammoth.
Upon further digging there were other bones found as well which included a bison and a camel bone with other pieces.
According to the archaeology department’s associate professor Loren Davis, some of the bones are well preserved while some are in very fragile conditions.
The university is treating the area as a paleontological site and it is currently closed off to public to keep it from being disturbed. There appear to be no human bones found in the land. The bones found will be shifted to the archaeology department for students to examine.
Davis said that it is not unusual to find bones in this area. The area was previously known as Willamette Valley and according to researchers many animals used to dwell the area.
There used to be a marsh in the land and Loren says that the animals used to rest near water bodies when they came close to their death. This could account for the variety of bones found in the area.
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Construction has restarted come Tuesday and the area currently off limits to public was originally planned to be turned into the Beaver’s dressing room.