This presentation will describe a very large assemblage of marine shellfish remains recovered during excavations at the Ozette archaeological site and consider the range and detail of the information about cultural behavior they reflect. Beyond such basic information as what species were used, the shellfish remains can tell us about how and when these animals were collected, how they were used, and even provide insights into the social relationships of the people who lived at Ozette approximately 300 to 400 years ago. Introductions for the presentation will be provided by the Makah Cultural and Research Center.
Presenter Gary Wessen holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington State University and has operated as an archaeological consultant in the Northwest since 1983. He has 50 years of archaeological fieldwork experience in western North America, having worked in Mexico, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and southeast Alaska. Most of his experience, however, has been in coastal and lowland forest settings in western Washington. To date, Wessen has worked with or conducted ten large-scale excavation projects, 96 small-scale site testing and evaluation projects, and more than 500 archaeological site survey projects.
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Date & Time
Wed, Jul 28, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM