The Big Bone Room

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“Being an Archeologist is like trying to put a puzzle together without the pieces or the picture.” Says Carol Lucking, Earth Science Assistant Collections Manager of the Big Bone Room a

“Being an Archeologist is like trying to put a puzzle together without the pieces or the picture.” Says Carol Lucking, Earth Science Assistant Collections Manager of the Big Bone Room at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Have you ever gone on a dig for a Mastodon bone? Have you ever felt the weight of a bone pressed against your palms? Have you ever needed to use a pickax? These are just a few things an archeologist will be doing more than once throughout their entire career.

The Big Bone Room is filled with hundreds, maybe thousands of bones. The Big Bone Room is used for storing bones so they do not dry up; which is why it is such a popular exhibit. The oldest bone is 70 million years old and the newest bone is 45,000 years old. When you enter the Big Bone Room you see bones will be stacked on shelves, carts, drawers and even in field jackets. A field jacket is a ‘jacket’ they put on bones that are too fragile for showing, they are mostly used for bones 60-70 million years old. The reason the Big Bone Room has a lot of bones is because recently they have had a lot of new additions. Archeologists have recently gone on a dig in Colorado and found 40 Mastodon bones in only 9 weeks of digging. Sometimes, 300 bones would be pulled out of the ground. Since there have been new additions to the Bone Room, some of the animals will be in some very strange positions, this is because when some animals die, they have a death pose so when they die they are comfortable. The Big Bone Room is an amazing exhibit where you learn a lot about bones and dinosaurs and I highly recommend going there when you visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.