150. Mammoth tusk

150 - mammoth tusk


Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation

Mammoth tusks are notoriously fragile and tricky heritage items to preserve, so it is fantastic that this mammoth tusk, in such good condition, be donated to the PRPRC by the people who discovered it: Tom and Thelma Ostero. The tusk is dated at approximately 27000 years old, and is from a large male adult. By counting the tooth rings, much like counting tree rings, we know this mammoth was at least 36 years old when he died. After over a year of painstaking conservation efforts, a replica of the delicate tusk will be ready for display in 2017.