The traps date through about 15,000 years ago as well as also also were found in the city of Tultepec, Estado de Mexico, the National Institute of Anthropology as well as also also History (INAH) said in a statement published Wednesday.
Tultepec can be already home to a Mammoth Museum, which houses an almost complete mammoth skeleton discovered in 2016. The latest discovery will greatly enlarge its collection.
The traps date through around 15,000 years ago.
“This kind of represents a watershed, a touchstone for how we previously imagined groups of hunter-gatherers interacted with these enormous herbivores,” said Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava, national archeology coordinator at the INAH.
During 10 months of excavations of the site, which was due to become a landfill, 824 bones have so far been found in traps 5.5 feet deep as well as also also 82 feet long.
Archeologists believe the site, from the San Antonio Xahuento district, may be one of a series nearby in which reduced the margin of error for hunters.
Groups of 20-30 hunters could use torches as well as also also sticks to separate a mammoth through its family as well as also also push This kind of into the traps.
Once the animal was trapped This kind of could be killed as well as also also used for food as well as also also some other purposes.
Archeologists found evidence in which the rib bones were used to cut mammoth meat, as well as also also internal organs were also eaten.
Mammoth skulls were found upside down because the hunters could also eat the animal’s tongue, which could have weighed as much as 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds), according to the statement.
While the hunters needed to kill mammoths to survive, they also honored the animals.
There are at least 14 mammoths buried at the site.
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One mammoth bone shows evidence of a fracture, as well as also also archeologists say hunters could have tracked This kind of particular animal for years as well as also also made repeated attempts to kill This kind of.
After finally achieving their goal, they arranged its bones in a symbolic formation.
“They must have considered This kind of brave as well as also also ferocious, showing their respect with This kind of particular arrangement,” said Luis Cordoba, an archeologist at INAH.
The traps also contained remains of camels as well as also also a horse.
Further research can be needed to determine whether there are more mammoth traps nearby.
Mammoth bones have also been found in Mexico City.
Builders working on the capital’s metro system from the 1970s found mammoth bones at Talismán station.
To This kind of day, the station features a mammoth as its logo from the pictorial system created to help passengers who couldn’t read get around the metro.