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Redefining Community Archaeology: Shared Experiences and A Collaborative Approach to the Site Stabilization Efforts Following the Oso Landslide

Author(s): Stacy L Bumback

Year: 2016

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Summary

A diverse team of spotters and archaeologists were assembled to assist Snohomish County with the site stabilization efforts following the massive landslide that occured March 2014 in Oso, Washington.  This three month project focused on the recovery of human remains and personal items from the 300,000 cubic yards of search and rescue piles that were created during search and recovery immediately following the slide. The community was intimately involved in every aspect of the project and their feedback and involvement shaped the most crucial milestones of the project: the recovery of a more than 1,000 personal items and the recovery of the final victim. This paper focuses on how the community was integrated into the project and how the success of the project was directly influenced by community involvement, team diversity, and the integration of archaeological methods into the monitoring, recovery, and reunification process.


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Redefining Community Archaeology: Shared Experiences and A Collaborative Approach to the Site Stabilization Efforts Following the Oso Landslide. Stacy L Bumback. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434674)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 188

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America