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March Meeting – Sunday March 24, 2019

Our speaker will be George Last. George will fill us in on the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site project in the Tri-Cities area. Please check out their website and be impressed by their cool Citizen Science organization.

“The Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences (MCBONES) Research Center Foundation provides local K-12 teachers and their students an opportunity to actively participate in laboratory and field-based research in paleontology, geology, paleoecology, and other natural sciences primarily within the Mid-Columbia Region of southeast Washington State.

The keystone of the foundation’s work is the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site.

The Coyote Canyon mammoth was discovered in November 1999 during excavation and hauling of fine-grained soil for use as topsoil.

In late 2007, the land went up for sale, and the presence of the mammoth was disclosed.

In the spring of 2008, a pedestrian survey and test excavation confirmed the location of the mammoth skeleton, uncovering a number of mammoth-size bones including a humerus and scapula in near articulated position. Excitement grew that this site might offer a unique opportunity for students, teachers, and researchers to investigate well-preserved mammoth sub-fossils in the context of Ice Age flood deposits.

In June 2008, the 27-acre property was purchased by two Tri-Cities brothers (doing business as Horse Heaven Hills LLC) and the site was turned into an educational science-based research facility for students, teachers, scientists and the public.”

4120 86th Ave SE | Mercer Island, WA 98040
March 24, 2019


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January Meeting – Sunday January 27, 2019

The Lives of the First People of the Northwest as Revealed by their Skeletal Remains

Archaeologists learn about ancient peoples through studying the tangible evidence they left behind. Remains of tools, technologies, houses, and foodstuffs tell us a great deal about the cultures of our predecessors, but it is only through their skeletons that we can gain a true sense of what it was like to live their lives. This presentation will discuss the few individuals who have come forward in time from the earliest well-documented cultures of the Pacific Northwest, including those from Marmes, Buhl, and Kennewick, and show how the evidence they provide compares with what is known about other first North Americans.

Jim Chatters is an archaeologist and paleontologist who owns the consulting firm Applied Paleoscience.  He formerly managed contract paleontological and cultural resources research for the University of Washington, Central Washington University, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Foster Wheeler Environmental, and AMEC. Officially “retired” he is actively involved in research and publishing on the Pacific Northwest and Mexico, and consults to the commercial radiocarbon dating laboratory DirectAMS. In 1996, Chatters recovered, and was the first scientist to study, the PaleoIndian skeleton now known as Kennewick Man.  He is the author of numerous scientific articles and monographs and the public-oriented book Ancient Encounters: Kennewick Man and the First Americans (Simon & Schuster, 2001).

4120 86th Ave SE | Mercer Island, WA 98040
January 27, 2019


Guests and visitors are always welcome.