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Ohio Museum, University Create Artifacts For Kentucky Site

National Park Service

A museum and a university in southwestern Ohio are working together to create artifacts for a new display at a northern Kentucky historic site.

Xavier University in Cincinnati will use 3D scanning and printing technology to create replicas of fossils and molds from collections at the Cincinnati Museum Center as part of a revitalization project for Big Bone Lick Historic Site.

Mastodons, mammoths and ground sloths once roamed the Kentucky site. Fossilized remains of the ancient creatures were discovered there in 1739 and displayed at museums worldwide.

Three artifacts from the Cincinnati Museum Center's collections will be scanned and printed as part of a new display revitalizing Big Bone Lick's visitor center. They include a mastodon molar, an ancient bison tooth and a jaw fragment from a ground sloth.