Press/Analyst Contact
D. Chaney


For Immediate Release


Silicon Valley Mammoth Excavation to be Broadcast over the Internet

Website Makes Excavation Available to Science Classes Across the Internet


Sunnyvale, CA --- August 1, 2005: DCRE Labs announces the sponsorship of a website designed to broadcast excavation project in San Jose, CA. The excavation of a mammoth fossil recently discovered in San Jose, CA will be available across the World Wide Web thanks to a webcam project sponsored by DCRE Labs, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and volunteers of the newly developed MammothCam Project (

On July 9th, 2005, a San Jose truck driver discovered the bones of a Columbian Mammoth while walking his dog along a levee of the Guadalupe River. Jose Castillo contacted the Santa Clara Water Valley District (SCVWD), operator of the levee and surrounding area, as well as local universities. As plans for the excavation were developed between SCVWD and the University of California Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology, Roberta Silverstein, a local volunteer and palentology enthusiast, put out a call for volunteers in the area to make the excavation available to Internet users across the country. She contacted Daniel Chaney of DCRE Labs who agreed to make a webcam broadcast available of the excavataion.

By July 27th, Silverstein, Chaney and the SCVWD had worked out the logistic and technical details necessary to make the webcam available and at 8:00 AM this morning (August 1st, 2005) the first images of the excavation were broadcast from the excavation site and posted to the at the Project Web site, located at "I'm a little surprised at how quickly things came together on this", said Chaney, "but with the support from the Water District and Roberta's encouragement, we got everything ready for the launch this morning."

The field equipment (which includes a webcam, field computer and uplink) as well as the website, server hosting and bandwidth are being provided free of charge by DCRE Labs as part of their community outreach program. The wireless uplink is provided by volunteer donations, listed at the website.