“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brown Valley in Traverse County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Browns Valley Man

Browns Valley Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 26, 2008
1. Browns Valley Man Marker
Inscription. On October 9, 1933, William H. Jensen, an amateur archaeologist, uncovered the badly broken skeleton of a man in a gravel pit on the plateau visible about ½ mile south of this marker. The plateau was formed as an island in the ancient River Warren, an outlet of Glacial Lake Agassiz.

From flint spear points of the parallel-flaked type found in the grave and from the surrounding geological evidence, University of Minnesota archaeologists estimated that the burial dated to about 6000 B.C.

The skull of Browns Valley Man, reconstructed and measured at the university was that of an adult male between 25 and 40 years of age who possessed many of the physical characteristics of the North American Indian. No additional traces of his culture have been discovered in the immediate vicinity.

The skeleton disappeared some time after it was returned to Jensen, deepening the mystery surrounding the Browns Valley Man. It was rediscovered by the Jensen family in 1987. The radiocarbon dating method has now dated the skeleton to 9,000 years ago. This makes the skeleton one of the earliest ever found, to date, in the New World.
Erected 1992 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Browns Valley Man marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, September 21, 2013
2. Browns Valley Man marker

Location. 45° 35.915′ N, 96° 50.918′ W. Marker is in Brown Valley, Minnesota, in Traverse County. Marker is on Minnesota Route 28 0.1 miles west of Minnesota Route 27, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beardsley MN 56211, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Jerome Brown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sam Brown Log House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Whetstone Valley Rest Area (approx. 15.8 miles away in South Dakota).
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 639 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on , by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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