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The Burning Tree Mastodon and Ohio’s Ice Age

August 31, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

The 1989 discovery of this giant, ancient elephant-like creature opened an unprecedented window onto Ohio’s Ice Age. Archaeologists, biologists, and geologists studied the mastodon’s nearly complete remains (including its last meal) and other Ice Age animals and plants. This presentation will describe their findings and address the question of whether ancient human hunters or environmental changes drove mastodons into extinction.

Brad Lepper is the Senior Archaeologist for the Ohio History Connection’s World Heritage Program. In addition, he has occasionally been a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University. His primary areas of interest include North America’s Ice Age peoples, Ohio’s magnificent mounds and earthworks, and the history of Archaeology. Noteworthy research includes excavation of the Burning Tree mastodon and discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, featured in a documentary that was first broadcast on PBS in 1998.

This is an Ohio Humanities Speakers’ Bureau event.

New Concord Library Branch of the Muskingum County Public Library


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New Concord Library Branch of the Muskingum County Public Library

77 West Main Street
New Concord, Ohio 43762 United States
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541 West Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Office: 614.461.7802