Ancient campsite points to earliest humans in Minnesota

Karen Carr, image depicting ancient bison, mammoths.

I found this Tom Meersman Star Tribune story to be quite interesting. Scientists discovered an ancient campsite along the Minnesota River at Chanhassen, MN. Eight thousand years ago, Minnesota was a different place — dryer and less forested. In fact, the only true forests at that time were up here in the northeastern part of the state. Nevertheless, evidence points to native peoples that traveled throughout the Great Plains and might have traded with others.

Also, bison were 50 percent larger then. That’s the detail that I enjoy most.

Can’t get enough post-Pleistocene content these days. Don’t worry, folks. I’ll work it out of my system.


  1. My favorite detail was the petrified S’mores.

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