Elephant - The Dead Elephant As told by Tom Baker...

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The Dead Elephant As told by Tom Baker ([email protected]) To all members of the mailing list Arch-L Which I hope puts this story in the public domain! …let me tell you about the time Dennis Stanford, the Smithsonian's paleoIndian expert, hauled a dead elephant around Washington, D.C. and thereby got himself into trouble with the police. Dennis and I went to the same university, at the same time, although he was a graduate student and I only an undergrad. When he passed through this area a few years ago with a traveling Smithsonian road show, lecturing about ancient stone tools and demonstrating how they were made, I met him again and we fell to reminiscing about the old alma mater, especially mourning the passing of a great little pub near our campus where students used to gather in the old days. That's when he told me about the elephant. He had been wanting, he said, to try out on an elephant some of the ancient stone tool designs that he was replicating, to gain insights into how ancient hunters may have butchered mammoth. Mammoth being scarce nowadays, the next best thing he could think of was to acquire a dead elephant. He communicated his desire to the Washington Zoo, which told him that it had no dead
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2012 for the course ANTHRO 324 taught by Professor Bruceowen during the Fall '02 term at Sonoma.

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