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Mammoth Hunt Panorama

Early peoples who lived in southwestern United States about 11,500 years ago hunted mammoths using long spears with "clovis" spear points (named after Clovis, New Mexico, where the spear points were first discovered). They drove the herds into narrow chasms where they killed and butchered them for food in areas such as those exemplified in this panorama taken at the Murray Springs Clovis Site in the San Pedro River Valley of southern Arizona.  

As you view the panorama and additional photographs identify the ways that these early Clovis peoples sustained their lives from their environment and speculate on their social organization. Use the linked quotations to assist you in your interpretation.

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Mammoth Hunt Panorama

Credits: Photographs by Carolyn Merchant; panorama assembly and web page by Rob Weinberg.