I mentioned the Tse-whit-zen site a few days ago, in reference to the recent discovery of a small whale sculpture found there in 2009. The Seattle Times had a superb web site on this ancient Klallam village, but unfortunately, many of the links are broken (how does that even happen, anyway?). But the four part illustrated slide show with extensive audio commentary by Klallam, archaeologists and other people is still available and is well worth watching – in fact its one of the best such slideshows I’ve seen. The Interactive Village component of the site is still active as well, and also definitely worth checking out.
As with so many of these sad stories of site disturbance through development, there is a silver lining as the dig itself, and the objects found, have contributed to a vitalization of Klallam traditional practices and increased interest in Klallam traditional culture within their younger generation. At a severe price, though: over three hundred burials were excavated and removed from the site before the project, a massive graving dock, was brought to a halt – a halt which, according to some, cost over 100 million dollars. I’m posting some of the pictures in case the Times site loses even more functionality.
Is the comb carved from antler or bone?
I’m not sure. Looks big for antler.
There’s a book about the controversy here:
Which I suppose might have more detail. And I heard a rumour about contracts being let to try to wrap up the enormous quantity of excavated stuff, so there is more coming I think. I’ll check the book next time I remember.