Archaeology in Washington

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Archaeology--along with Native American traditions and memories--holds a key to understanding early chapters of the human story in Washington. This all-new book draws together and brings up to date much of what has been learned about the state's prehistory and the environments early people experienced. It presents a sample of sites representing Washington's geographic regions and touches on historical archaeology, including excavations at fur-trade forts and the Whitman mission, and Cathlapotle, a Columbia River ...

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Overview

Archaeology--along with Native American traditions and memories--holds a key to understanding early chapters of the human story in Washington. This all-new book draws together and brings up to date much of what has been learned about the state's prehistory and the environments early people experienced. It presents a sample of sites representing Washington's geographic regions and touches on historical archaeology, including excavations at fur-trade forts and the Whitman mission, and Cathlapotle, a Columbia River village visited by Lewis and Clark.

The authors portray the discovery of a mastodon butchered by hunters on the Olympic Peninsula 14,000 years ago; the nearly 13,000-year-old Clovis points in an East Wenatchee apple orchard; an 11,200-year-old "Marmes Man" in the Palouse; and the controversial "Kennewick Man," more than 9,000 years old, eroded out of the riverbank at Tri-Cities. They discuss a 5,000-year-old camas earth oven in the Pend Oreille country; 5,000 years of human habitation at Seattle's Metro sewage treatment site; the recovery at Hoko River near Neah Bay of a 3,200-year-old fishnet made of split spruce boughs and tiny stone knife blades still hafted in cedar handles; and the world-renowned coastal excavations at Ozette, where mudslides repeatedly swept into houses, burying and preserving them.

The tale ranges from the earliest bands of hunters, fishers, and gatherers to the complex social organizations and highly developed technologies of native peoples at the time of their disruption by the arrival of Euro-American newcomers. Also included is a summary of the changing role, techniques, and perspectives of archaeology itself, from the surveys and salvage excavation barely ahead of dam construction on the Snake and among Columbia rivers to today's collaboration between archaeologists, Native Americans, private landowners, and public agencies. Color photographs, line drawings, and maps lavishly illustrate the text.

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Editorial Reviews

Cascadia Weekly

From whalebone middens at Ozette Beach to Kennewick Man to the Whitman Mission, Ruth Kirk and Richard Daugherty's new book provides an engaging tour of the rich archaeological history of our state.... The pages are rich with photographs of Northwest landscapes, excavation scenes and historical artifacts, and also include a wealth of maps, line drawings and easy-to-navigate sidebars of interest.

American Archaeology

Every region of the United States needs a book like this one.

The Olympian

Exhilarating in scope and generous in detail, this is a worthwhile book.

Washington State Grange News

This book unearths much of (Washington state's) history, providing a thorough view of events, people and cultures of long ago as well as a fascinating look at those researchers who painstakingly piece together the story—- the archaeologists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986968
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 993,945
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Kirk , writer and photographer, is the author and coauthor of many acclaimed books, including Exploring Washington's Past: A Road Guide to History, The Olympic Rain Forest: An Ecological Web, and Sunrise to Paradise: The Story of Mount Rainier National Park. Archaeologist Richard D. Daugherty , emeritus professor at Washington State University, was a presidential appointee to the national advisory council on historic preservation. He has conducted archaeological investigations abroad, and directed a number of projects in the state, including several of those described in this book.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. The Ancient OnesWho Came First?--GlaciationThe Manis MastodonThe Richey-Roberts Clovis Site--The Clovis People--Ice Age FloodsMarmes RockshelterSentinel GapLind Coulee--Dating TechniquesKennewick Man--NAGPRA

The Development of Archaeology in Washington

Chapter 2. The Columbia PlateauSnake River and Columbia River Caves: Windust, Cedar, McGregor, and Squirt--Basalt Flows and Rock SheltersPit Houses and Mat Lodges: Moses Lake, Alpowa, and Strawberry Island--ClimateFishing: Kettle FallsHunting Blinds and Kill-Sites: Silver Star, Strawberry Island, and Hanford Reservation--Obsidian--Heat-Treating StoneRoot Digging: Calispell Valley Camas OvensIndian Heaven Huckleberries

High Country

Chapter 3. The Coast and Lower Columbia RiverNorth BonnevilleCathlapotle--WapatoThe Minard and Martin Sites--Earthquake!Olcott Sites--Lahar!West PointSan Juan IslandHoko River ComplexOzette

Trade

Chapter 4. Newcomers: Fur Traders and MissionariesSpokane House / Fort Spokane--HorsesFort VancouverFort NisquallyThe Whitman Museum--Epidemics

Site Locations MapConversion Table: Radiocarbon Years / Calendar YearsSelected ReferencesCreditsIndex

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