Excavating a Makah Whaling Village
This book is a concise but fully illustrated account of the Makah village site of Ozette, located on the Olympic Peninsula and excavated in the 1970s. Excavations at the site, which was abandoned as a village in the early twentieth century, revealed well-preserved houses and artifacts buried by a mudslide in the sixteenth century, including normally highly perishable wood and basketry objects.
This readable and engaging book, targeted at a general audience, provides the first comprehensive account of the site and its significance outside more technical archaeological reports. Kirk’s deep familiarity with the site and its excavation and her skills as a writer allow her to offer both clear explanation of how the work proceeded and why
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