45KT28 oblique view.

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The purpose of these web pages is to provide easy access to information about the Sunset Creek Archaeological Site (45KT28) situated on the west bank of the Columbia River a few miles north of Vantage, Washington (USA).

In the context of Plateau prehistory, Sunset Creek is significant for three reasons.

1) It provides an anchor sequence of more than 6,000 years at one site under one set of geographic and environmental conditions - of which there are far too few along the middle reaches of the Columbia River.

2) This sequence was the basis for formulating a number of hypotheses about Plateau prehistory, some of which are still being discussed in the classroom and the literature more than 40 years after their publication.

3) The record recovered from the last 1,800 years of occupation at the site is rich and diverse, providing a wonderful setting in which to illustrate and explore the culture and history of the people who lived in the region and managed its ecology for all those years.

On this web site, you will find reprints of the original research articles on the materials from 45KT28, previously unpublished sections and notes, supplementary pages with annotated photographs of the original excavation and many of the artifacts, and the original site catalog.

The Wanapum Repository houses the collections from 45KT28. It is hoped these pages will help them display and interpret materials from the site.

Material Added Recently:
   09 Sep 2018. Artifact images from Frenchman Springs Phase assemblges.
   08 Sep 2018. Color image of artifacts from the Vantage Phase assemblges.
   08 Sep 2018. Image of early, middle and late Quilomene Bar Phase assemblges.
   07 Sep 2018. Color image of a steatite pendent.
   06 Sep 2018. Color images of gambling bones.
   04 Sep 2018. Photo of CCI stratigraphy added to Vantage Phase page.
   20 Aug 2018. Header image revised for Bone & Antler Artifacts.
   11 Aug 2018. Illustrations added to Figure 7 of the main report.