THE SUNSET CREEK SITE - 45KT28
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.