Welcome to the 2015 Odyssey Field Season

Excavations are slated for June and July. Please stay tuned to this website for updates and photos from the field.
This summer, we will be returning to two sites in Kansas: the Scheuerman Mammoth Site (14SC327) in Scott County, and the Kanorado locality, specifically site 14SN106, in Sherman County (see map below of all Odyssey investigation localities).

Map of Kansas showing older field sites in blue and this year's work in red.

Field Update 2, Scheuerman Mammoth Site; June 24, 2015

The 2015 Odyssey crew continues to work in several excavation units searching for additional mammoth bone and any possible evidence of human activity associated with the mammoth remains (Photos 1 and 2). So far, the crew is encountering mostly soil, and they are moving a lot of it via shovel skimming--but not without minor injury (Photo 3)! All of the earth moving has paid off because additional mammoth bones have been uncovered this week. Now the crew begins the slow, tedious task of carefully documenting, removing, and preserving the bone (Photos 4 and 5).

Photo 1: The excavation area at the Scheuerman Mammoth Site. Rains move around the site to the south and east.

Scheuerman mammoth site with rain shaft in background of photo.

Photo 2: The crew shovel skimming soil within the targeted excavation units.

The crew shovel skimming soil within the targeted excavation units.

Photo 3: The effects of daily shovel skimming.

Injured hand bandaged up.

Photo 4. Barb Crable documents weathering on the underside of Bone 63 (unidentified so far).

Close examination of recovered bone.

Photo 5: Leila Joyce works to clean off a rib bone.

Leila Joyce works to clean off a rib bone.

Text by Laura Murphy, Photos by Kale Bruner

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