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Dent Site: Free History Brown Bag Series


The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2018 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd.

Bob Brunswig, Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado, will present on Colorado’s Ice Age Giants: Mammoths and the Story of Dent.  The Dent mammoth site east of Johnstown is an archaeological and paleontological site associated with Columbian mammoths and early hunters of North America.  The presentation will be held in the Community Room at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The presentation is free, open to the public and no reservations are required.

Following are the many offers a part of the 2018 History Brown Bag series.  All presentations will be held at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street, in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

March 22
Dent Site, Bob Brunswig

April 26 
WWII Art History – Stolen Art, Connie Stewart, to be held at the Greeley Senior Activity Center, 1010 6th Street

May 24
 Endangered Places Program in Colorado, Kim Grant

June 28
George Houston, Early Greeley and Entertainment and Meeker’s Influence, Kenneth Jones

July 26
Young Chautauquans Perform, Young Chautauquans

August 23
Colorado’s Midcentury Schools, Angela Smelker

September 27
Jewish Community of Atwood, Nomi Johnson

October 25
America’s Greatest Battle, Ron Edgerton

For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at or 350-9222.


Colorado’s Ice Age Giants: Mammoths and the Story of Dent

Bob Brunswig, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

The Dent mammoth site, its remnants buried in an ancient South Platte River terrace, east of Johnstown, is Colorado’s only archaeological and paleontological (fossil bone) site undoubtedly associated with extinct Columbian mammoths and early North American human hunters. In 1932, skeletons of a Late Ice Age mammoth family (mothers, infants, and juveniles) were exposed in a rain-washed draw cutting through that terrace near the then-present Dent railroad depot. Colorado Museum of Natural History (now the Denver Museum of Nature and Science) excavations in 1932 and 1933 found spear points of one of North America’s earliest people, known today as the Clovis Culture, embedded with the animal’s jumbled bones. Early reports and studies provided few insights into the events and conditions surrounding demise of the Dent mammoths. Much later, from the 1970s through the early 2000s, research by paleontologists, geologists, and archaeologists, including the presenter, has accumulated scientific evidence which gives us major insights into what happened at Dent more than 12,000 years ago. UNC’s Professor Robert Brunswig presents current evidence and explanations of what is believed to have taken place at Dent so many millennia ago and how that site’s evidence adds to our understanding of early human lifestyles and now-extinct Ice Age animals in Colorado and North America’s waning centuries of the last Ice Age. Importantly, Dent, along with a small number of known Clovis mammoth kills, contributes important clues about the role of early New World hunters to the extinction of a species that roamed the Americas for three million years.

Release Date:
Mar 16, 2018

For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department

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