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Salish Archaeology in Western Washington
TUEs: MAR 6 / MAR 13 / MAR 20
10 AM to NOON
St. Luke's Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
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Brief course description: eMail the instructor
How do archaeologists identify and trace prehistoric cultures? The answer is fundamental for interpreting prehistoric remains. Around Puget Sound, traditional archaeological thinking tells us we have two sets of cultures, one living in the foothills and the other living on the shore. But the evidence from history, linguistics and ethnology suggests only one set of cultures, each occupying a bit of the shore and the adjacent hills and river valleys. How can we resolve these views? What does this mean for archaeology?
If you or someone you know have artifacts from the Pacific Northwest, bring them to class to find out what they are and what the mean.
MENU . = recently added material.
LAST UPDATE: 02-01-2012
Geographic Setting •Expanded•
Littoral Technology •Expanded•
Wikipedia on Archaeological Cultures
Archaeology of the West Point Site.
Coast Salish Languages. •New•
Julie Stein's Archaeological Projects page.
Hoko River Site Digital Archive.
SHORT COURSE OUTLINE (major topic headings only)Society & Culture / Culture Area / Culture Depth
Culture / Style / Function
Archaeology and Prehistory
Prehistoric Societies / Prehistoric Cultures
What is a prehistoric culture?
Tool Form reflects Style and Function
The Problem in the Western Puget Sound Basin
The Geographic Stage
Limitations / Scope of Comparisons Resource Diversity / Technological Specialization
Shore / Delta / East Foothills / West Foothills / Plateau
What Do the Comparisons Tell Us?
Hypotheses Consistent with the Observations
What We Need to Test the Hypotheses
Expect to see a few more additions and elaborations as the presentation is refined.
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