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Near Browns Valley in Traverse County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Browns Valley Man

 
 
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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
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By McGhiever, September 21, 2013
2. Browns Valley Man marker
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1992 by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1689.
 
Location. 45° 35.684′ N, 96° 49.089′ W. Marker is near Browns Valley, Minnesota, in Traverse County. Marker is on State Highway 28, ¾ mile west of 220th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Browns Valley MN 56219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Jerome Brown (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sam Brown Log House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Browns Valley (approx. 1½ miles away); Wadsworth Trail (approx. 1½ miles away); Travare (approx. 2.7 miles away in South Dakota); Ancient River Warren Channel (approx. 2.7 miles away in South Dakota); The Continental Divide (approx. 6.7 miles away in South Dakota); Scandia (approx. 13 miles away in South Dakota). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Browns Valley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,121 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on November 4, 2021, by J. Gale of Vermillion, South Dakota. Photos:   1. submitted on December 28, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 17, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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