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Archeology: Mammoth engravings in Florida

  1. Jun 24, 2011 #1
    This can be related to a lot of specialities, but I guess the archeologic element is the most interesting.

    13,000-year-old Ice Age art - a mammoth carved in bone

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  3. Jun 24, 2011 #2
    It is neither. It is an estimated age derived from the much earlier investigation at Vero Beach, and they do not expect they can date this bone because of its heavy mineralization.
  4. Jun 24, 2011 #3
    Interesting. For comparison the youngest mammoth bones and remains from the North Sea which date before the last glacial maximum, i.c. around 30,000 years, are not mineralized (Fauna association III). No doubt that the mineralization process in Florida is different but 13ky seems a bit short still.

    Also an interesting study about the skills of the artists
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  5. Jun 25, 2011 #4
    Nilequeen was kind enough to share some information directly from the publication, Purdy et al, 2011; Earliest Art in the Americas: Incised Image of a Proboscidean on a Mineralized Extinct Animal Bone from Vero Beach Journal of Archaeological Science, 2 June 2011

    The main scope was a thorough hi tech forensic research to verify its authenticity, which it passed on all counts.

    About the age of 13 ky:

    There you go. no new information and no challenging of anything. On the contrary, unless the mentioned references falsify it, there is some evidence that the http://eolspecies.lifedesks.org/pages/19700. So theoretically it could be (much) younger. But the mineralization of the bone would oppose that.


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