Digging mastodons at Michigan Archaeology Day

Oct 7, 2015

History buffs, break out your pick axes! Michigan Archaeology Day 2015 is coming this Saturday to the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Michigan Historical Center director Sandra Clark about the program.


Michigan Historical Center executive director Sandra Clark (right) and staff archaeologist Stacy Tchorzynski hold the jawbones of a woolly mammoth and a mastodon. They will be part of Michigan Archaeology Day on Saturday.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

You may have read this week about the amazing find unearthed in a soybean field in Washtenaw County. A local farmer, Jim Bristle, discovered part of the rib cage of a wooly mammoth. Since then, Bristle has become something of a celebrity, as hundreds of people have flocked to see the prehistoric relics.

It turns out the timing of this find is pretty fortunate for Michigan historians as the discovery of the mammoth bones comes as the Michigan Historical Center presents its annual Michigan Archaeology Day on Saturday. One of the things on the program is a presentation about mammoths and mastodons.

Current State's Kevin Lavery talks with the center’s director, Sandra Clark.