Digging Indiana Ice Age Bones

September 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Ron Richards, Senior Research Curator of Paleobiology at the Indiana State Museum, will present documentaries of three of the museum's excavations of Ice Age bones in Indiana - the Day Mastodon Site and the Lewis Mastodon Site, both excavated in August 2006 in the Plymouth-Rochester area, and a third excavation in a cave in southern Indiana. The equipment, method of recovery, and resulting Ice Age finds are documented as they are found. Interactions between the dig crew and with site visitors are captured, and documentary photos of the recoveries are presented with soundtracks. Throughout the video presentation, Mr. Richards will be making commentary to assure that the audience understands what is taking place in the field and a question and answer period will follow.

Ron Richards has authored or co-authored forty technical and popular publications on Quaternary-age faunal remains, and is executive producer of Trapping Time, a videotape documentary of Ice Age discoveries in Megenity Peccary Cave. He is compiling records of all Pleistocene vertebrate remains reported from Indiana. Ron is a Fellow of the Indiana Academy of Science, and a member of the National Speleological Society.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the Reference Desk at (317) 844-3362.

This program will be held in the Program Room.