Found Mammoth Tusk To Head to UW's Burke Museum

Feb 13, 2014

Paleontologists with the Burke Museum will excavate the giant mammoth tusk unearthed at a Seattle construction site earlier this week, and move it to the museum. 

The owners of the lot in South Lake Union said they've given the paleontologists permission to remove the tusk. 

Workers with Transit Plumbing were excavating a construction site Tuesday when they hit something hard and uncovered the tusk. Owner Jeff Estep says they stopped work and called the experts.

The Columbian mammoth tusk is believed to be the biggest and the most intact ever found in Seattle. Similar tusks and mammoth teeth found in Washington have made the Columbian mammoth the state fossil.