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Students Dig-Up History

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Students and teachers were hoping to make a mammoth discovery Saturday in Kennewick, as they excavated land for several hours.  This isn't the first time student crews have been at this sight; they started back in May.  One Kamiakin High School teacher tells KNDU within an hour they found a leg bone of a mammoth.  

Just a few days back, crews found more bones in the area, and that helped spark interest in Saturday's excavation.

"It's very exciting, especially when you make a find," says Kamiakin High School teacher Gary Kleinknecht.  "That's what brings you back, and you put in a lot of work and move a lot of dirt ad you don't see very much and then you find that one bone and all of a sudden it's worth while."

Some rib fragments were uncovered Saturday.  The bones still need to be examined, but the fossils may be thousands of years old.  Kleinknecht also says the site is a great learning experience for the students, who absorb more information doing instead of reading.