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Sorting debitage from rubble
Spring 2014

Recent discoveries of stone tools have pushed back the estimated arrival of humans in the western hemisphere. WSU archaeologist Bill Andrefsky plays a big role in identifying whether the points were made by humans.


Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Stone tools, Debitage, Clovis people


Chicha in the landscape
Summer 2013

Terraced landscapes of the Incan Empire in the Andes were likely used for more than crops, says WSU archaeologist Melissa Goodman-Elgar. They were probably ceremonial and social places to drink maize beer chicha as well.


Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Inca, Chicha, Andes, Peru


Feasting on the Salish Sea
Winter 2012

About 650 years ago, inhabitants of a large plank house on Galiano Island abandoned it for unknown reasons. But not before they feasted on 10,000 sea urchins.


Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Salish Sea, Native Americans, Gulf Islands


Bones of contention
Summer 2012
Thirty-five years ago, Carl Gustafson, an associate professor of archaeology at WSU, rubbed his fingers over a muddy bone and found what looked and felt like a projectile tip. That simple discovery, and the eventual realization that humans hunt...
Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Fossils, Bones, Paleontology, Mastodon


Back in the Earth—Putting ancestors to rest, or destroying the past?
Spring 2011
Over the last two decades, tribes have been invoking the Native American Graves Protection and Recovery Act to reclaim remains of their ancestors from museum and research collections across the country. But what if those remains are 10,000 years old? 
Categories: Anthropology, Cultural studies, Archaeology
Tags: Native Americans, Marmes Rockshelter


Of Time and Wildness in the North Cascades
Spring 2010
Bob Mierendorf has spent the last couple of decades trying to convince the archaeological establishment that pre-contact Northwest Indians did not confine themselves to the lowlands, but frequented the high country. Now he has an ancient camping site to make his point.
Categories: Archaeology, Earth sciences
Tags: Tephrochronology, Cascades, Native Americans, National parks


Talking turkey
Winter 2009
As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, you might like to know that turkey farming in North America has been around a lot longer than you thought. New genetic tools applied to a common turkey byproduct have given turkey afficionados a lot more to think about.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Turkeys, Coprolites, Basketmaker culture, Southwest United States, Pueblo culture, DNA


Letters - Summer 2008
Summer 2008
The lonely flowerYour most interesting article about "The Orphan Flower" intrigued me. What a lovely and unique flower and leaf. Thank you for sharing its appearance with us.I may say also, that having discovered Washington State Magazine in my ...
Categories: Archaeology, Botany
Tags: Letters


A Dialogue with the Past
Summer 2008
A fierce Pacific storm in February 1970 revealed early remains of Ozette, on the Olympic Coast between Cape Flattery and La Push. Worried about the site's vulnerability to looters and further storms, Makah tribal leader Ed Claplanhoo '56 called archaeologist Richard Daugherty at Washington State University, commencing an 11-year excavation of the site. The excavation yielded thousands of well-preserved artifacts and a wealth of clues to the history and culture of Makahs and other coastal tribes.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Makah, Ozette, Northwest history, Native Americans


The Home of My Family: Ozette, the Makahs, and Doc Daugherty
Spring 2008
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Ozette is the cultural continuity. Makahs had lived in Ozette for 2,000 years and probably much longer. The village had been abandoned for only 60 years, and many Makahs still went there to fish and hunt. One elder called the exposure of the longhouses by the storm "a gift from the past."
Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Makah, Ozette, Native Americans


Field Camp 1957
Winter 2007
Richard Daugherty—"Doc"—can't remember where exactly the site was in relation to the present reservoir created by Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River. He'd been holding out a little hope that maybe there would be some sign of the work he h...
Categories: Archaeology
Tags: Snake River


Ghost Towns of the Anasazi
Spring 2006
For the past three decades, WSU archaeologists and their students have been searching the Southwest with tools ranging from trowels to computers to uncover the story of a vanished people.
Categories: Archaeology, Anthropology
Tags: Southwest United States, Anasazi, Native Americans


Getting a Feel for Archaeology, Uncovering Washington's History
Spring 2005
Within musket range of the rebuilt Fort Vancouver, Patrice Hruska wields a common garden trowel to unearth an uncommon piece of Pacific Northwest history.The chunk of brick that the Washington State University Vancouver anthropology student has fo...
Categories: Archaeology
Tags: No Tags


The Laguna’s Secrets
Winter 2001
Some of the best clues to climatic history lie at the bottoms of lakes.WE ARE GATHERED on an eight-by-12-foot raft with a hole cut in the center of its floor, in the middle of a lagoon in the mountains 30 kilometers out of Copan, Honduras, driv...
Categories: Social sciences, Archaeology
Tags: Maya civilization, Fossils, Paleoecology