Recent Applications of Micromorphology to Cultural Resources Management in the Pacific Northwest

Author(s): Brandy Rinck

Year: 2015


Solving geoarchaeological questions in a cultural resources management (CRM) context can be difficult due to time and budget constraints. In the Pacific Northwest, however, recent projects have fortunately allowed for some micromorphological analyses. Paul Goldberg has championed micromorphology as a valuable geoarchaeological method over the past three decades. The micromorphological analysis of shell middens, peat deposits, and alluvial sediment in and around the Seattle, WA area has elevated the resulting cultural resources assessments and data recovery reports. The conclusions drawn from these micromorphological analyses can be applied to both academic research and the private sector. If time and money for geoarchaeological analysis, such as micromorphology, can be built into CRM schedules and budgets, then CRM archaeologists can continue to produce useful and sophisticated scientific reports while conducting business. This presentation provides examples of the successful application of micromorphology to specific geoarchaeological research questions asked in CRM. Examples come from the Paleoindian Bear Creek site in Redmond, the Cattail Lake midden on the Bangor Naval Base, and Foster Island in Lake Washington. This talk also includes special thanks to Paul for teaching me how to collect and process micromorphology samples and for sharing his knowledge and mentoring me along the way.

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Recent Applications of Micromorphology to Cultural Resources Management in the Pacific Northwest. Brandy Rinck. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396270)


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