Construction crew unearths mammoth tusks near Prineville

Researchers and students at Eastern Oregon University are studying massive bones unearthed in a Prineville-area quarry.

While extracting sand and gravel, workers from Knife River Construction uncovered tusks about 30-feet below the surface – believed to be from a young mammoth.

Craig Woodward, the property owner, reached out to EOU so anthropology and biology students and staff could work the site.

A team of 30 students and their teachers spent four days digging the bones out of the gravel pit.

They’re now at the La Grande campus where they could someday be displayed to the public.


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