Some time ago I pointed readers to the vast repository of Hoko River wet site excavation pictures put online by Dale Croes. Unfortunately, those links broke but now, via blog reader APM, I hear that the Hoko photo gallery is back online. I will definitely be mining this repository for lots of posts. Not only is this one of the most interesting sites ever excavated on the Northwest Coast, the pictures are a superb combination of excavation, artifact, and camp life – the latter a visual record of local archaeology as social practice in the 1970s. Also, as I mentioned previously, the lush, rich colour of the old Kodachrome slide film is stunning – you just don’t see that in modern digital cameras or even print film, despite the undeniable advantages of digital.
From the main page, many of the most interesting pictures are found under the “camp life” link. There you will be confronted with an awkward frames-based link layout. Not all links work still, but I’d say 90% do. You can browse easily by clicking on the pictures that open on the right-hand frame to get the next picture. This is easier than keeping the mouse centred on the picture number to the left. Right click on the picture to bring it up in its own window or tab. Some pages are organized as thumbnails, such as the wet site stratigraphy series. Because of the slightly awkward interface, I’ll aim to create a series of posts here which point to what I think are interesting aspects of this wonderful site.