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Volume 17 number 40 june 6, 1996 crawford, nebraska
This is the last summer excavation will be taking place at Hudson-Meng for two years. In 1997 an enclosure will be constructed so that by 1999 visitors can once again observe archaeologists at work throughout the year instead of only two months each summer.
Be Sure To Visit Hudson-Meng This Year
This summer will be the last opportunity to visit the Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed for two years. Here lie the remains of over 600 prehistoric bison who died mysteriously one spring day 10.000 years ago.
Next year, 1997, the excavation will be halted while an enclosure is constructed over the world-class archaeological site. The enclosure will house the bonebed to allow scientists to work throughout the year, rather than only two-months
each summer. The new building will be open so visitors can once again observe the archaeologists at work in the summer of 1999.
Scientists will begin uncovering the bones 011 June 11 and will continue work through-August I when the area will again be covered. More area will be excavated this summer than ever before in a single year.
Excavation dates will be June 11 - June 20. June 25 - July 4, July 9 - July 18 and July 24 � August 1. Park officials cast in plaster and sent to the University of Colorado where it is cleaned and studied.
Area rancher Albert Meng discovered the bones in the 1950s during the construction of a stock pond. Although they were originally dismissed as sheep bones, Meng and auto parts dealer Bill Hudson, both amateur archaeologists, believed differently. The two finally got someone to agree with them when they convinced Dr. Larry Agenbroad, then professor of Earth Science at Chadron State College, to investigate their findings.
Initial work revealed life on the plains during a prehistoric era. Because stone tools and projectile points were discovered among the bones, it was first hypothesized that early nomadic hunters had driven the herd off a nearby cliff. Work in 1993. however, determined no cliff was in existence. Archeologists now believe a prairie fire or lightning storm could have been the culprit. They do know that all the animals died within minutes of each other.
Only further examination and study will possibly, explain what happened 10,000 years ago. More technical equipment is being developed which helps in the analysis of information retrieved on site and transported 10 the college laboratory.
The research is being done under the direction of Dr. Larry Todd, associate professor of anthropology at Colorado Stale University. Volunteers, students and scientists in a variety of fields from several countries have been a part of the excavation and study.
To be a part of this dig, visit the Bonebed. The summer of 1996 will be your last chance to see the basic workings of archeologists before the enclosure is put into place. After the Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed is completed, construction will begin on the Prehistoric Prairies Discoveries - Center to be located on the outskirts of Crawford. That museum / laboratory will open its doors at the end of the millennium.
The annual meeting of the Friends of the Prehistoric Prairies Discovery Center will be held June 14 at the Crawford Community Building. Anyone who is interested in the museum or becoming a member of the Friends is invited to attend.
Partners in the undertaking of the PPDC and Bonesite are Friends of the PPDC. City of Crawford, Crawford Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, University of Nebraska State Museum, Friends of the Slate Museum -Trailside Chapter, University of Wyoming, Colorado Stale University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Chadron State College, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Chadron / Dawcs County Economic Development Corp., PADD and the Chadron/Dawes County Chamber of Commerce.
The biggest challenge of the Friends of the PPDC is to raise the necessary funds to prove the local share ($3 million) to the project. Supporters are confident that the funds will be available when the bills arrive.
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