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Castroville Mammoth and Paleo-Indians Discovery

Image courtesy of Mark Hylkema

Image courtesy of Mark Hylkema

Saratoga Historical Foundation is sponsoring a lecture on the Castroville Mammoth and Paleo-Indians Discovery at 7:30 PM on May 14, 2015 at the Saratoga Foothill Club, 20399 Park Place, Saratoga CA.  The lecture is free to Saratoga Historical Foundation members; $5.00 for the public.

Archaeologist Mark Hylkema will share information on the Castroville dig where a Columbian Mammoth was discovered and its ramifications.

In the spring of 2011, the remains of a Columbian Mammoth were archaeologically recovered from the artichoke fields of Castroville. In addition to the partial, but articulated remains of the mammoth, a variety of other Late Pleistocene animals were also recovered. In the hope of finding a link to Paleo Indian activities, a research team involving many different colleges and universities was tasked to investigate.

The process of learning about these animals has lead to a journey of discovery about the landscape and natural history of the Monterey Bay region at the end of the Great Ice Age, and the arrival of the first Native Americans. This lecture will highlight some of the many insights gained, and will share information about the recovery of the remains of creatures that were once top of the menu for first people- but have vanished from our world as if they had never been.

About the Speaker

Mark Hylkema is the Santa Cruz District Archaeologist for California State Parks, and manages cultural resources within 32 parks in an area ranging from San Francisco to the Pajaro River. Mark also works on many other projects throughout the state and has 35 years experience in California archaeology, with an emphasis on Native American culture. In addition to State Parks, he is an adjunct professor of Anthropology at Foothill College, and has taught anthropology courses at Santa Clara University, University of California at Santa Cruz, De Anza College, Ohlone College and Cabrillo College. Mark is also the President of the Society for California Archaeology.