PORTLAND – Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.
The Oregonian reported crews working on an expansion around Reser Stadium found a femur from one of the ancient elephants and bones from a bison and camel, all dating back 10,000 years.
A spokesman said an OSU archaeologist believes the 10-foot pit where the remains were found could have been a pond or watering hole.
OSU associate professor of anthropology Loren Davis said sick animals often went to a body of water to die.
The find isn’t unusual since thousands of mammoths and other long-gone creatures once roamed the surrounding Willamette Valley, Davis said.
Construction work has been moved elsewhere while experts examine the bones.
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