Monday, August 4, 2008


No pop culture reference in the title today.
I actually went to see a mammoth.
It was cool.
Check out the webcam at the site (which I didn't know was there or I would have had you watch me while I was visiting).
And here is the website about the Wenas Mammoth Dig.
"wenas" is pronounce "ween" "ass" which is funny.

There were HUGE BONES there and I got to see them in person but I didn't touch them because they are fragile (pronounced "frah-GEE-lay" because it's Italian) (there's my pop culture reference!).

It's pretty cool as far as a dig goes, but SUPER HOT as far as the weather goes. Hot Hot Hot.

My officemate who is coocoo for mammoths did not go so I got him a t-shirt. What is cooler than a t-shirt from a mammoth site?

I wanted to donate to the dig, but I only had 1 20$bill and I spent that on the t-shirt. I'll have to send cash here soon.

The world of archaeology/anthropology is tiny tiny tiny. The guy running the dig went to school with a guy I worked with at ISU. The guy who came to visit while I was there is a fellow WSU graduate who is friends with my friends Al and Diana. It's all so intellectually incestuous. We need new brain-blood.

The blog thingy does not want to upload the images so you'll just have to go to the mammoth website. Enjoy.


Fly Right said...

I love the pronunciation of Wenas. Tee hee hee. . . I have a stupid mammoth question: were they all wooly, or just some of them? Is that just implied now?

Anonymous said...

Hey Jill,

Did you get a chance to use your makeup brushes on the dig? I imagine when faced with huge mammoth bones, a lip liner brush can be mighty helpful. I couldn't tell from your message -- has an actual full-scale mammoth been found at this site all intact and everything? Or lots of boney bits? Anyway, I'm glad that you get to see such cool things as part of your job. In my line of work as a teacher of technical writing, field trips and memo writing don't really go hand-in-hand. I've never heard of a pie chart factory. But I HAVE heard of pie. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, pie chart pie...[drool]. Angela

petesmom said...

I have to say that I am thrilled to know someone who actually has been on digs and seen a real mammoth (I too, wonder about the wooly part) bone.

My grandfather would have been an archeologist had he not had my mother and her siblings, two farms and the Great Depression to contend with. I've seen "Suzie" at the Chicago Field Museum and she was REEEEEALLY COOL-in person, in the field must be the cat's meow!

Jill said...

Thanks for all the comments!
Cathey...I didn't know you were still reading! Cool.