National Geographic : 1964 Jun
Dense inverted forest of stalactites spikes the ceiling of Lone Hill Onyx Cave, carbon-14 dating of artifacts and bones from Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico indicates that prehistoric creatures related to the musk ox were eaten by American cave dwellers some 7,400 years ago. And in Russell Cave, Ala bama, presented to the people of the United States by the National Geographic Society as a cross section of American prehistory, arti facts and carbon dating have established man's occupancy as early as 9,000 years ago.* Two miles inside Mammoth Cave and nearby Salts Cave in Kentucky, modern ex 808 plorers have found bundles of reeds bound with bark thongs. Evidently they served early Indians as torches to light the search for the white crystals of gypsum, still abun dant there, which were apparently valued by the aborigines as medicine and pigment. Carbon dating of sooty material from the *See, in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "Life 8,000 Years Ago Uncovered in an Alabama Cave," October, 1956, and "Russell Cave: New Light on Stone Age Life," March, 1958, both by Carl F. Miller, and "National Geo graphic Society Presents Russell Cave to the American People," by Melville Bell Grosvenor, March, 1958.