I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Know About the Prehistoric Dig Site in Kennewick
My daughter is a big fan of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, so much so that she tells us that's what she wants to be when she grows up. Little did she know, and little did I know, that there is an archaeological dig site right here in Tri-Cities!
The Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site is located just south of Kennewick, where mammoth bones were initially discovered in 1999. The dig site is overseen by the non-profit MCBONES (Mid-Columbia Old Natural Education Sciences) Research Center Foundation, which lends itself to the hands-on education of school kids throughout the region by offering them the chance to participate in digs.
What did archaeologists discover at the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site?
It's hard to imagine what the Columbia Basin was like before the vineyards, tumbleweeds, and people. In prehistoric times, Columbian Mammoths roamed the wildlands of what would become Washington. The Columbian Mammoth was one of the largest of the species; some could reach thirteen feet tall. Not much is known about what led to their extinction beyond its part of a bigger mass extinction event, not unlike the events that killed the dinosaurs.
Aside from the main dig site near Kennewick, MCBONES also oversees an additional five sites. I'll have to drive by sometime, as tours won't be scheduled until March of 2023. The idea of a dig site this close to home is so surreal to me as I've only seen this sort of thing in documentaries or movies.
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