“Mastodon Tusks In My Front Yard”
April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
“What do you do when you find two old elephant tusks in your front yard?”
OPAS Program April 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 Hendrickson Road, Sequim, WA
Presented by Clare Manis Hatler
In 1977, Manny Manis unearthed some old tusks while digging with a backhoe in his Happy Valley pasture. What followed is the stuff of Sequim legend. For the next eight years Manny and Clare opened their home to archeologists and the public, showcasing remarkable evidence that humans hunted and lived in the Sequim area 13,800 years ago.
Through her involvement with this project, Clare has become a real expert on mastodons. She will tell her story about how the late archeologist Dr Carl Gustafson provided evidence that humans hunted mastodons and other animals at the site, rewriting the history of humans in the Americas. Clare will also describe a new research collection at the Washington State History Museum that preserves items from the Manis Mastodon site for future study by research scientists.