Unknown San Juan Islands History?

Orcas Island Historical Museum, Eastsound


Russel Barsh will present “What is left to discover in San Juan County?” in celebration of National Archeology Month on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for the Orcas Island Historical Museums’ History Matinee at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

There are hundreds of archaeological sites in San Juan County. Why are there not more research digs? What could future archaeological research tell us about the islands’ past that we don’t already know? How useful are new technologies such as stable isotope spectrometry and sequencing ancient DNA? Who benefits from archaeology now, and who should benefit in the future?

Barsh studied paleontology, human ecology, and law at Harvard, taught at the University of Washington’s American Indian Studies Center. He co-founded the conservation biology nonprofit KWIAHT and has published widely on Salish Sea ecology and ethno history and contributed to recent research excavations in the islands.” For more information contact the Orcas Island Historical Museum at 360-376-4849 or email curator@orcasmuseum.org

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