Several Pacific Coast houses in Ozette, a Native American fishing village on the Olympic Peninsula were buried in a sudden mud slide, c. 1750.
From ~400 AD through the 1900s Ozette was the base of whaling operations by people known as MAKAH. Coastal erosion in 1970 exposed the village ruins.
When the ruins of Ozette began eroding out on their beaches they asked the WSU archaeologists to help out. The project was one of the first joint Native American and academic projects ever conducted in the US.
Text from the Newsletter of College of Arts & Sciences, Washington State University.
To learn of the eleven year excavation at the site, here is a link to the Makah Museum.
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