The Japan Times, July 6, 1997
Remains of mammoth are found in Arizona
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Construction crews found the remains of a woolly mammoth dating to about 10,000 years ago, and a geologist said charcoal found at the site may show that humans were here that long ago.
Machines digging a sewer trench already tunneled through the middle of the skeleton when a city building inspector noticed curious white objects stuck in the soil.
"I'm sure there were many more sites like this that were just covered up because construction crews don't recognize them," Arizona State University geologist Brad Archer said of a region where construction is rampant.
Though a tusk was sliced in half and some bones were chipped by the digging, Archer said the remains discovered Thursday in this Phoenix suburb may include something even more importantó first proof that human beings were here at least 10,000 years ago, when mammoths became extinct.
Alongside the remains were charcoal and some unrelated mammoth bones, possible evidence of an ice-age "kill site" where animals were hunted for food.
The skeleton belongs to a creature called Mammuthus, which was smaller than an African elephant but with an elephantlike appearance and long fur.
Ultimately, the site will be covered with asphalt for a neighborhood street, but if excavation of the mammoth extends beyond the weekend, or if other rare finds are unearthed, the city will ask the builder to delay that portion of the project.