This space has recently carried a lot of items about the Ozette water-saturated site on the Olympic Peninsula, about Makah whaling, and Queets canoes, and other wet sites in Washington State. All archaeologists and many of the public in the Northwest are familiar with the Ozette site which, with its fabulous preservation has stimulated a lot of work on the archaeology of the big houses which so characterise the culture area from the Columbia to the Gulf of Alaska. A principal way most archaeologists are familiar with Ozette is through the three large site reports published by Washington State University, bound as large white paperbacks, and found on the bookshelf of archaeologists across the region.
So, imagine how happy I was to find that all three volumes are available as free PDF downloads from Washington State University. The PDFs are very large, perhaps un-necessarily so, but who can complain about over a thousand pages of detailed archaeological information on one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America, or even the world? The three volumes are:
- Samuels et al. Ozette archaeological project research reports Volume I House structure and floor midden. 1991. Link to download page. (193 megs)
- Samuels et al. Ozette archaeological project research reports volume II Fauna. 1994. Link to download page(154 megs)
- Whelchel et al. Ozette archaeological project research reports volume III ethnobotany and wood technology. 2004. Link to download page. (288 megs).
- While you’re at it, pick up Dale Croes’ pioneering 1974 computer applications in archaeology paper: The use of computer graphics in archaeology : a case study from the Ozette site, Washington. Link to download page. (149 megs).
UPDATE March 3/2010: the handle.net URLs have been broken for a couple of days. Try this link to get straight to WSU dSpace for Ozette. If that breaks ( a lot of places prevent stable URLs from search results because obviously people never want to share things) then go here and enter “ozette” in the search box.
(Note: all the above documents may download as files named “ARI” with no file extension. You will need to add the extension .PDF to the file before you open it.)
These PDFs are fully searchable which makes finding things within the copious material of the Ozette site much easier. The huge number of artifacts, features and fauna from Ozette have been a blessing and a curse, as interpretation struggles under the dead weight of data. I would therefore be remiss if I didn’t bring to your attention the excellent M.A. thesis on Northwest Coast household archaeology by UVIC’s own Brendan Gray, who uses Ozette as a test-bed to investigate how we might be able to dig less but dig smarter and therefore learn more from Northwest houses. Every NW Coast archaeologist should read this thesis.
- Gray, Brendan 2009. Sampling methods in Northwest Coast household archaeology: a simulation approach using faunal data from the Ozette site. Link (a bargain at 4.8 megs)
Anyway, I know many readers might find this to be too much inf.ormation, but I don’t believe it is common knowledge that these full text Ozette reports are freely available: the WASU servers are fast, hard drives are cheap, and the reports are first class. Enjoy.