November 18, 2003

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Christopher Hill

Dr. Hill studies fossils and artifacts from the Great Ice Age to better understand the connections between environmental change and plants and animals, including mammoths and prehistoric people. He has conducted field studies in Africa, Israel, Turkey, and North America. Dr. Hill is especially interested in the connections between the landscapes and the plants and animals from the Ice Age world. He has discovered and studied fossils and artifacts from the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. Dr. Hill teaches archaeology and prehistory courses at Boise State University. He has taught a workshop entitled "Mammoths and the Great Ice Age." He has also presented some of the results of his research at the Third International Mammoth Conference and visited the Yukon Territory of Northwest Canada where a lot of mammoth fossils have been discovered.

One of the mammoths discovered on the Great Plains studied by Dr. Hill is over 100,00 years old and was found with other prehistoric animals like an extinct kind of camel, a mastodon, extinct types of horses, a giant ground sloth, a musk-ox, and a giant short faced bear. Another mammoth discovery from the Great Plains dated to about 12,000 years ago, just about the time mammoths went extinct at the end of the Ice Age. In the Rocky Mountains, Dr. Hill excavated a cave. It had bones from animals that lived in the Ice Age but no mammoths. Another excavation was in southwest Montana near the border with eastern Idaho. Here Dr. Hill found the bones and teeth of mammoths, extinct camels, and a sabertooth cat.

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