Excavation Tour with J-1 Program Participants
Museum Tours Part 1: La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
On February 27th, 2016 a group of 19 ICCE J-1 Participants, their guests and ICCE Staff, got together to kick off the first ICCE Cultural Event in the ‘Museum Tour’ Series of 2016!
We visited the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum – THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS AND STILL ACTIVE ICE AGE FOSSIL EXCAVATION SITE located in the heart of Los Angeles where natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground for tens of thousands of years!
What Did We Learn?
- The Tar Pits were an asphalt mine in the late 1800s
- Fossil excavation started in the early 1900s
- Over 3 million fossils have been discovered here including large mammals like mammoths, camels, giant jaguars and saber-toothed cats as well as plenty of microfossils
- Pit 91 is still an active excavation site where scientists from around the world discover new fossils