New report on oldest, largest mammoth bone building found to date
March 25, 2020 1:23 PM Subscribe
Mammoth-bone buildings are well-known to archaeologists (previously). Similar structures have been found across Eastern Europe, typically a few meters in diameter, have been dated back as far as 22,000 years. Researchers have generally considered them to be dwellings or “mammoth houses” that helped their builders cope with frigid temperatures near the nadir of the last Ice Age. The new structure, first discovered at Kostenki (Wikipedia) in 2014, is 3,000 years older than those, and the largest mammoth bone structure found to date, consisting of the bones of 60 mammoths (Smithsonian; full academic paper).