UM Hosts Guest Lecturer Dr. Daron Duke from CIRE Hill AFB Project

Archaeological Evidence of Mammoth Hunting in Utah 12,000 Years Ago

Dr. Daron Duke Recent finds from the Great Salk Lake Desert are providing new evidence about the use of projectile points in Great Basin hunting more than 12,000 years ago. Daron Duke is an archaeologist and the Director of the Desert Branch of Far Western Anthropological Research Group. He is working with the University of Montana’s Department of Anthropology and Center for Integrated Research on the Environment via a contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology’s Montana Anthropogenic Research Cooperative, Dr. Duke visited the University of Montana to give a public lecture and present the results of ongoing and recent archaeological expeditions to Hill Air Force Base in the Utah Test Range in the Great Salt Lake Desert. He was even able to being casts made from a few of the spear heads that have been found there, including the largest Haskett point so far, which measures approximately 9 inches.

The event was well attended by University faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Daron Duke Lecture 10-15-2015

Dr. Daron Duke, Director of the Desert Branch of Far Western Anthropological Research Group, presenting at the University of Montana, October 15, 2015.