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1750 ❖ (circa) OZETTE Mud Slide on Olympic Peninsula

Archaeological consultant Milfie Howell
holds a carved cedar dorsal whale fin studded with 700
sea otter teeth; the only such object ever found.
It was taken from a dig at Ozette,
an Indian village called the 'Pompeii of the West,'
because of a massive mudslide years ago.
The whale fin and other objects from the dig
are on exhibit at a museum in Neah Bay, WA.

Photo by Charles Hillinger, 1979. Archived at S.P.H.S.©
Several Pacific Coast houses in Ozette, a Native American fishing village on the Olympic Peninsula were buried in a sudden mudslide, 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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