The Manis Mastodon Site: Early Man on the Olympic Peninsula

Symposium Paper

The Manis Mastodon Site: Early Man on the Olympic Peninsula

Carl E. Gustafson; Richard Daugherty; Delbert W. Gilbow
Canadian Journal of Archaeology/Journal canadien d'archéologie 3:157-164 (1979)


The Manis site on the northern Olympic Peninsula near Sequim, Washington, has yielded evidence that a mastodon was butchered there approximately 12,000 years ago. A bone 'projectile point' embedded in a mastodon rib and other artifacts made of bone and tusk have been recovered. A single cobble spall tool is the only distinguishable stone artifact associated with the mastodon bones. By 12,000 years ago, coniferous forests had not yet invaded the northern Olympic Peninsula, and shrub-tundra vegetation characterized the region. Evidence of later occupation at the site is provided by a leaf-shaped, basalt 'Olcott' point found directly above a layer of volcanic ash derived from Mt. Mazama.

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