Tuesday, July 20, 2010

On the road: The Mammoth Site

Well, friends, we've been back home for over a week, and I'm still not sure I'm adjusted to real life yet! So, while I putter about avoiding laundry and working on summer projects, how about the rest of those road trip pics?


Just 20 miles from my mother-in-law's house is The Mammoth Site museum in Hot Springs, SD.  The museum itself covers an actual excavation and research site. Buried in the hill are dozens of mammoths and other animals which came to a steep-sided, spring-fed sinkhole for a drink or a bath -- and found they could not get out.


"Since 1974, 58 Columbian mammoths and three woolly mammoths have been unearthed, making this the first site both species have been found together. Eighty-two species of ice-age animals have been discovered, including camel, llama, giant shortfaced bear, wolf, coyote, and prairie dog."

 

But the best thing about The Mammoth Site is that kids get to participate! 

 


4 comments:

mandi said...

whoa! no way! that's awesome!

fawndear said...

My boys would have dug that place when they were younger. Sorry about the pun. Love Hands-on History Lessons.

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

What a fantastic experience... 'hands on history'. They certainly will not forget that day CCM.

Bona Fide Mama said...

Very neat! Check out my latest entry. We just went to Dinosaur World.

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