I was a little surprised (and probably shouldn’t be) to find out there was an organization called the Association for Washington Archaeology – equivalent to the Archaeological Society of B.C. They have a journal (equivalent to The Midden), and are clearly a respected avocational archaeology organization. They have a pretty low profile, obviously: but partly this must be another symptom of the poor cross-border communication between BC, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon – the core jurisdictions bounding the Northwest Coast. They even have a blog called Washington Archaeology, which is only a few weeks old. Their own link to it is both hidden under a “feedback button” and is broken: I hope that linking it here helps people find it. There’s not much there yet, but it did lead me to a nice news roundup on the Tse-whit-zen site, and also to an interesting story on a 9,000 year old site in the Colville National Forest, near a town called Republic – just south of the Canadian border close to Grand Forks BC. (map). Intriguingly, the artifacts are dated using Thermo-Luminescence (with a 900 year old margin of error). TL is seldom applied in North America, let alone in the Northwest. At this site, a complete lack of organics suitable for radiocarbon dating made TL a necessary technique. It would be good to see this used in BC, even as a dating method of last resort. As can be seen in the picture above, the left-most piece appears to be of the Cascade-style reduction of discoidal core manufacture, which we think is early, coastal, Pacific-Rim, and probably Asian in origin. Anyway, it is good to see this organization starting a blog and moving out onto the internet – I hope to see more from them soon.
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