The angus mammoth: A decades-old scientific controversy resolved

American Antiquity
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The Angus Mammoth site in south-central Nebraska has been controversial since its discovery in 1931 when a fluted artifact was reported to be associated with the mammoth. For nearly 80 years it has not been known if Angus was a paleontological site predating the human occupation of North America as has been asserted by some geologists and paleontologists, or an archaeological site dating to the late Pleistocene as has been advocated by some archaeologists. Geomorphic study and luminescence dating have finally solved the problem after nearly eight decades. Although microwear and technological analyses have determined that the Angus biface is an authentic artifact, TL and IRSL dates have shown that the matrix above the mammoth is much too old for a mammoth/fluted point association to be valid.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The angus mammoth: A decades-old scientific controversy resolved
Series title American Antiquity
DOI 10.7183/0002-7316.76.3.487
Volume 76
Issue 3
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 13 p.
First page 487
Last page 499
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Nuckolls County
City Angus
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