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“Minnesota Man”

    Naturevolume 140page578 (1937) | Download Citation



    FURTHER investigations by Prof. A. E. Jenks in the northern lake area of Minnesota, from which were obtained the skeletal remains described elsewhere in this issue of NATURE (see p. 596) have brought to light evidence of what would appear to be an extensive camping ground of early man. From a kitchen midden buried some three feet under a bog of grasses and marsh weeds in Itaska State Park, Prof. Jenks has excavated some two thousand knife-marked bones, with knives of stone and other implements of both stone and bone. The bone bed varies in thickness up to about four feet five inches. Associated with the bones of bear, elk, caribou and other big game animals in the kitchen refuse are the remains of an extinct form of bison (Bison occidentalis), confirming the early character of the site and the early date of its occupation by man. Prof. Jenks states in Science of September 10 that of five stone artefacts recovered from the bone bed, three are flake implements with retouch, while two are chopping tools, chipped to rough parallel faces, and retouched on the cutting edges.

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