During the late 1970s and 1980s we excavated a 3,000 year old wet site and 900 year old Rockshelter at the mouth of the Hoko River, Washington State, USA. Even though much of the photographic recording was in color slides and black and white film, we undertook to scan over 3000 representative images from the work and this is indexed for both sites, including a way to virtually excavate in 5 cm levels in the Hoko Rockshelter. Though the first and second volume of the The Hoko River Archaeological Site Complex reports are available through Washington State University Press (1-800-354-7360), and entitled The Hoko River Archaeological Site Complex, the Wet/Dry Site (45CA213), 3,000 – 1,700 B.P. (1996) and The Rockshelter (45CA21), 1,000 – 100 B.P. we wanted to make this Hoko River DIGITAL IMAGE ARCHIVE available in NewsWARP. Please explore it at: Hoko River Archaeological Site Complex Digital Archive . May help in classes as an example of a virtual excavation of a shell midden. The software is a bit old, but at least we have more of the site documented in this manner. Any input appreciated.
This summer we hope to finish the replica of the Dover Bronze Age Boat and launch it to conduct sea trails and maybe sail it from Dover to Folkestone in the shadow of the famous White Cliffs. The half scale replica is based strictly on the archaeological evidence of the original boat, and we are very excited about the possibility of learning more about the seafaring capabilities of our prehistoric ancestors.
Of course, this will all take money, and we have therefore launched a ‘Kickstarter’ campaign in the hope of raising the necessary funds. More information can be found at:
It would be wonderful if you could help in any way and please, please could you pass on this message to all of your friends and colleagues; the more people who know about this, the more likely we might be able to realise our dream!
All best wishes
Peter Clark BA FSA MIFA FSA Scot
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Akira Matsui, NewsWARP’s Asia Coordinator, provides this update report on a major wetland site in Korea. The Sinchangdong wet site contains an abundance of agricultural remains originating from the period between the late 2nd B.C. to 3rd A.D. century. The site contains three ditch features with a U-shaped cross-sectional view, one of which one contains large wooden posts measuring 25cm in diameter erected at regular intervals, along with a door panel. Archaeologists believe that they are the remains of a raised-floor building used as a storage facility or workshop. Found in another ditch were a line of smaller wooden posts measuring 5 to 10cm in diameter, which were probably used to set a net for fishing. Please see the full report at: Sinchangdong Wetland Site in Gwangju, KOREA
Alan and all: I have some pictures of a toy canoe being excavated from the Ozette Village wet site houses and will post them here. Does anyone else from around the world have toy canoes from their wet sites? Certainly museums have several models made when canoes were remembered in this manner and sold as tourist items (one Makah model from US Smithsonian Museum pictured here).
Today there has been a big revival of canoe carving and journeys along the Northwest Coast–called Canoe Journeys or Paddles. The next one is a Paddle to Quinault this summer. Thousands of mostly Native Peoples attend–all are welcome for a week of Potlatching. Akira Matsui and his friends frequently visit our sites during the Canoe Journey (see his report here from last summer) so they can attend these huge celebrations.
A good web site from last year’s Paddle to Squaxin–the community I worked with on the Qwu?gwes Wet site–is: http://paddletosquaxin2012.org/ and view their amazing photo gallery–and come this summer. We can all camp together on the Washington West Coast for a week of celebration! Aidan can bring his kids! And Francesco can work on his new book–it will be an official NewsWARP Coordinator meeting with Akira and friends. Dale