Earthwatch paleontologist Dr. Larry Agenbroad works with volunteers to unearth the remains of mammoths and other ancient mammals.
What Keeps You Excited About Your Dig?
Says Dr. Agenbroad: “We are part of an elite club: the Mammoth Hunters of North America. It has been about 11,000 years since the original mammoth hunters were here. Theirs were a little meatier, but ours are a lot less dangerous. Volunteers who join this project become a part of the dig, and if they are lucky, they may find a specimen that will be on public display for years to come.”
Achievements in the Field
In August 1975, Dr. Agenbroad and his team found a complete skull of a mammoth, including the tusks. Luckily, the skull had been preserved before the bones could become dispersed by water currents. The discovery justified a more extensive excavation, which continues to this day.
In 1979, the team found its first articulated mammoth skeleton—enabling them to mount a nearly complete skeleton—plus additional skulls, tusks, and bones.