Vero Beach, Fla Discovery Of Ancient American Mastodon Image On Bone Revealed by SNMNH

By on Jun 23, 2011 in Archaelogy, Science, United States, World Comments

Ancient American Mastodon Image Carved on Bone
Image Credit: Smithsonian

A fragment of bone at least 13,000 years old, with the carved image of a mammoth or American mastodon has been discovered in Vero Beach, Florida, according to reports by several international news sites, June 23, 2011.

The bone fragment was discovered by James Kennedy, a fossil hunter, in 2006 or 2007.  The fragment contains an incised image about 3 inches long from head to tail and about 1 3/4 inches from head to foot, according to reports.

“It’s pretty exciting, we haven’t found anything like this in North America,” Dennis J. Stanford, curator of North American Archaeology at the Smithsonian‘s National Museum of Natural History, said in a statement.

“If genuine, this rare and spectacular find provides evidence that ancient people living in the Americas during the end of the Pleistocene Epoch created artistic images of the animals they hunted”, lead author Barbara Purdy of the University of Florida wrote online in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Recent reports said the researchers set out to confirm that the carving was really created by ancient people by using a variety of analytical and imaging techniques.

“All of these results are consistent with the mammoth engraving being authentic,” according to researchers.

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