116 pages, 8 x 10
70 color illus., 20 b&w illus., 2 maps
Release Date:01 Apr 2015


Excavating a Makah Whaling Village

University of Washington Press

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

Ruth Kirk is an independent scholar and the author or co-author of numerous press publications, including Archaeology in Washington (2007, with Richard D. Daugherty); Sunrise to Paradise: The Story of Mount Rainier National Park (1999); The Olympic Rain Forest: An Ecological Web (1992, with Jerry Franklin); and Exploring Washington’s Past: A Road Guide to History (1990, revised 1995, with Carmela Alexander).
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