The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 17, 2013

Cornell College students experience mammoth site

MAHASKA COUNTY —

It's valuable experience.

Janessa Weightman, president of the Archeological Society at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, was joined by her fellow club members at the mammoth dig site in Mahaska County Saturday.

“As a club, we're trying to find as many different experiences with people as possible — any sort of actual getting out in the field type of experience,” said Weightman. “So, it seemed like a good opportunity.”

Weightman, a junior at Cornell College, said she had never been to the mammoth dig site before, but thought it would be a fun experience. She said she's really into things like history, archeology and anthropology.

“I just think it's fun and interesting,” said Weightman, noting that she enjoys the process that comes along with these areas of study.

Paleontology and archeology are two fields of study that can overlap, Weightman noted. She also pointed to the value of getting many different kinds of field experience.

Dave Brenzel of the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids was also on hand Saturday at the mammoth dig site. He said he hopes the experience the Cornell College students would have would be transformative. Brenzel also spoke about the value of the real-world experience the Cornell College students would have Saturday.

Students such as those from Cornell College “really have a passion for the field,” Brenzel said.

Geologists at the University of Iowa have also shown interest in the mammoth dig site as of late, according to Brenzel.

“They're developing a whole new interpretation of how the bones got here,” said Brenzel.

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