August 08, 2011

The Pleistocene Auto Tire Hunt

Archaeologists from the University of Arizona involve Indian tribes in researching ancient buffalo-jump sites.

For the practicum, old tires are rolled off cliffs.
The field experiments this year included reconstructing the final moments of a traditional bison hunt. Since using live bison was not an option, the researchers instead substituted old car and truck tires on the recommendation of Dale Fenner, an American Indian who is also one of the team's crew chiefs.
That is all well and good, so long as no one gets their head smashed in.

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