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Executive Director of the Burke Museum, Dr. Julie Stein-Thursday, December 3rd, 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 4:00pm

The Anthropology Department at Portland State University presents the December Archaeology First Thursday Lecture

Dr. Julie Stein Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, will be presenting her research with Amanda Taylor and Stephanie Jolivette on shell middens and prehistoric coastal settlement patterns in the San Juan Islands, Washington.

Please join us Thursday, December 3rd at 4 p.m. in Room 338 of PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway, 97201)

For more information please call 503.725.3081or email

Shell Midden Research and Prehistoric Coastal Settlement Patterns in the San Juan Islands, Washington

Amanda K. Taylor, Julie K. Stein, and Stephanie A.E. Jolivette, University of Washington

In this paper we present the results of radiocarbon dating of shells from auger samples collected during an auger survey of shell middens in San Juan County and western Skagit County, WA conducted from 2005-2008. By integrating faunal and paleoenvironmental data with settlement pattern results, we present hypotheses regarding the development of a more sedentary lifeway associated with the beginnings of social complexity on the Northwest Coast. We also discuss similarities and differences between settlement patterns proposed for the San Juan Islands with those for adjacent regions.