Mammoth Quest gives OSU students a chance to uncover the past

Professor Loren Davis says he's confident that his class will be discovering significant pieces from the past that are just beneath our feet.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 7:06 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Students can discover pieces of the past with a new class at Oregon State University.

The class is called Expedition OSU: Mammoth Quest and is being offered for the first time this semester.

With the 2016 discovery of a 10,000-year-old mammoth in the end zone of Reser Stadium, Professor Loren Davis said he's confident that his class will be discovering significant pieces from the past that are just beneath our feet.

"In this kind of class, we're gonna be out here working together to try to create new knowledge by looking at parts of OSU's campus that we don't know much about, and with this larger goal of trying to find a mammoth, that just gives everybody a sense of excitement," Davis said. 

The class will be a combination of lecture, hands-on exercises and field activities.

The field activities start in a few week, and that's when potential bones or artifacts could be discovered throughout OSU's campus. 

"I actually didn't know this was the first time the class was being run, so I am super excited to get the opportunity to start this research and be at the forefront of this mammoth discovery," student Erica Tackman said. 

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