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Lehner Mammoth-Kill Site

Hereford, Arizona
County of Cochise.
National Register Number: 67000002
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Agriculture/Subsistence - animal facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: AZ-1 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: www.az.blm.gov.nca.spnca/lehner.com.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 28, 1967):
Located on the Lehner Ranch and excavated in 1955-56 by the Arizona State Museum, the site showed that about 11,000 years ago hunters, probably over a period of several months, killed and butchered nine immature mammoths which were watering at a creek then located here. Fragmentary remains of tapir, horse, and bison were also found at the site, and these animals may also have been trapped and killed by man. Radiocarbon dates for artifacts and bones from this site serve as a control for several scientific studies.

Condition:
There are no significant erosional problems to report, nor has the site suffered from illicit collecting or vandalism since the last condition report in 2006.

The BLM is planning an educational interpretive trail through the site and will be installing at least eight wayside exhibits. Site interpretation will be available to the public in 2009.


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