Mammoth tusk at Seattle construction site to be preserved

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 8:29 PM

SEATTLE - Workers have isolated a pit from the rest of a Seattle construction site after a suspected mammoth tusk was discovered this week. Inspectors who examined the bone would not identify themselves but told KING 5 the bone will be preserved for science.

A spokesman for the contractor said the tusk is worthy of taking the time necessary to make sure they do the right thing. Tom Ambrey of The RAFN Company said he is working with the property owner to determine the best way to handle the tusk.

Meanwhile downtown workers are flocking to get a look at the bone, which can be seen in the bottom of a deep pit. Preschoolers at the adjacent Bright Horizons Child Care Center are using this as a learning opportunity. On Wednesday, teachers hid images of prehistoric animals in the sand box and let the children dig them up and identify them.

Representatives of the Burke Museum said Wednesday they are just waiting for permission to go in an carefully remove and preserve the tusk.

Many mammoths and mastodons roamed the Puget Sound area more thousands of years ago. Eighteen mammoth bones discoveries have been made in King County alone.
 

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