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Diggers find proof of old bison hunt-Hundreds of bones unearthed at site in Kentucky riverbed
AP ^ | 16 Nov 2008 | AP

Posted on 11/16/2008 9:33:01 AM PST by BGHater

UNION, Ky. -- Archaeologists have dug up and will display evidence of an American Indian bison hunt that happened hundreds of years ago in northern Kentucky.

Evidence at the site shows hunters killed and butchered the animals with stone tools,leaving the bones and tools behind.

The bones were discovered in Big Bone Creek several years ago but left there.

Staff members from the Cincinnati Museum Center and volunteers spent a week in August digging up the artifacts.

Glenn Storrs, head curator for vertebrate paleontology at the center, got permission from the state to dig while the creek's water was low.Though it was already low, part of the river had to be dammed and water pumped out.

"This is one of the very few documented bison hunt-and-kill sites in the Ohio Valley, so it's very exciting," Storrs told The Kentucky Enquirer.

And the job turned out to be more than he expected.

"It became a very exciting discovery, really," he said. "What started out as just a few bones became 500 to 600 bones and bone fragments of four to five bison."

The tools and bones from the site are between 200 and 600 years old and date to the Fort Ancient culture.

Storrs and his team believe the hunters either drove the bison to the creek or cornered them there before killing them, he said.

The artifacts indicate that the hunters used the tools to break the bison skulls on flat stones in the creek bed to get to the brains, which were used in tanning, and the tongue, a delicacy.

Bison bones have been found at Big Bone before, but most had been washed down from the original kill sites.

The archaeologists are still analyzing the bones,Storrs said, and they will eventually be displayed at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

(Excerpt) Read more at dispatch.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: bison; godsgravesglyphs; hunt; indian; kentucky


1 posted on 11/16/2008 9:33:01 AM PST by BGHater
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To: SunkenCiv

‘They killed the animals with stone tools and carved them up on the spot, leaving the bones and tools behind.’

Those Savages!

lol. ping.


2 posted on 11/16/2008 9:33:56 AM PST by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: BGHater

. . .along with 35 absentee ballots for Al Franken


3 posted on 11/16/2008 9:37:35 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: BGHater

Why would they leave their tools behind? Not very responsible Indians.


4 posted on 11/16/2008 9:38:26 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: BGHater

But this can’t be.

We all know that Indians were the first environmentalists and the first animal rights people in this country.


5 posted on 11/16/2008 9:39:09 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Concerning Larry Sinclair: It is strange when you can be thankful for having a pervert on your side.)
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To: ConservativeMind

6 posted on 11/16/2008 9:41:56 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BlueStateBlues

7 posted on 11/16/2008 9:42:14 AM PST by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: BGHater

Did you know that the actor in that picture wasn’t even an Indian? A white guy making money portraying the oppressed, more power to him.


8 posted on 11/16/2008 9:43:29 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: BlueStateBlues

Lol. I had no idea.


9 posted on 11/16/2008 9:46:15 AM PST by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: BGHater
Does this mean that the Indians caused the extinction of the buffalo in the Ohio Valley?
10 posted on 11/16/2008 9:55:59 AM PST by Cowboy Bob
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To: BGHater

Bones and tools left behind? Compare that with a modern slaughterhouse in which even the bones, blood and offal have commercial value and are put to use.


11 posted on 11/16/2008 9:57:23 AM PST by fso301
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To: BGHater

Very interesting! I am presently reading a book entitled “Boone a Biography” by Robert Morgan.

In this book, Morgan discusses the abundance of wildlife, even bison in Kanta Ke (pps 84-85) that were encountered by Boone and his colleagues.

Very good reading!

MFO


12 posted on 11/16/2008 10:12:08 AM PST by Man from Oz
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To: BGHater

KFB! Kentucky Fried Bison.


13 posted on 11/16/2008 10:38:47 AM PST by Brucifer ("The dog ate my copy of the Constitution." G W Bush)
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To: BGHater

“They went that-a-way.”


14 posted on 11/16/2008 10:41:13 AM PST by VOA
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To: BGHater

A good question to ask is, “And then what happened?”

After the kill, they had to process the dead bison before the meat rotted.

This is not easy.

When the hides were removed, they were staked out over an ant hill, to get rid of the fleas. Then usually the fur was scraped off, and they were tanned by boiling the brains and some other organs inside the large intestines, which was rubbed into the hides before they were rolled up to age. Once aged, the muck was scraped off and the hides were pulled through rope loops to soften them by breaking up some of the fibers.

This process was done a lot in the great plains, because leather and stone were the most abundant materials. The leather was used as tenting, clothing, footwear, rope, carrying containers, etc.

While this process was going on, the meat that wasn’t cooked and eaten immediately would be cut into thin strips and dried over fires or in the sun, to be used for pemmican. It was pounded into a near powder, then mixed with melted animal fat and other ingredients like berries, if available, before being stored in leather pouches. Properly made it could last about a year.

This implies that an awful lot of work went on near this bison kill.


15 posted on 11/16/2008 10:49:05 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ConservativeMind
We all know that Indians were the first environmentalists and the first animal rights people in this country.

Plus they all got along in perfect harmony with each other, until us evil white men showed up.

16 posted on 11/16/2008 10:51:33 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Ever notice that Obama supporters chant "O-Bahm-AH" while McCain/Palin supporters chant "U-S-A".)
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To: Brucifer

The bison packed out of their Ky digs and moved west ‘cause the Eastcoast Indians were so mean to them.


17 posted on 11/16/2008 10:57:43 AM PST by tillacum (Let's find conservative veterans who really know how to fight for this country, next time.)
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To: BlueStateBlues
"Why would they leave their tools behind? Not very responsible Indians."

Enough of those tools made of stone can become pretty heavy. Instead of hauling stones away from the site,they probably hauled meat.

18 posted on 11/16/2008 1:59:12 PM PST by blam
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To: BlueStateBlues; mylife; BGHater

The guy portraying the Indian is actually an Italian from Italy.


19 posted on 11/16/2008 2:01:12 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Never thought of that. I love FR. Great minds playing.


20 posted on 11/16/2008 2:04:42 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: blam

Hollywood deception?!!!


21 posted on 11/16/2008 2:04:58 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BGHater
Okay. Where did they find all these bones?

The bones were discovered in Big Bone Creek

If the creek wasn't named after the heretofore "undiscovered" bison bones, could then the creek's name refer to something erotic?

22 posted on 11/16/2008 4:25:30 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: BGHater

Thanks BGHater, but alas:

Indian hunt-and-kill site a rare find
WZTV | November 15, 2008 | Kentucky Enquirer http://www.enquirer.com
Posted on 11/15/2008 6:05:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Edited on 11/15/2008 6:17:58 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2132863/posts

But this is probably my fault, I never posted the ping message after posting the topic. [blush]


23 posted on 11/16/2008 8:24:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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24 posted on 11/16/2008 8:26:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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I wish I'd gotten a T-Shirt when I was there...
25 posted on 11/17/2008 6:37:36 AM PST by Sopater (I'm so sick of atheists shoving their religion in my face.)
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