Archaeological Resources
Archaeaological Resources
Learn more about Bear Creek archaeology and stream restoration.

Archaeological resources provide tangible evidence of past human cultures. In the United States archaeological sites are typically characterized as precontact (before the arrival of Europeans) or historic (after the arrival of Europeans). There are many types of archaeological resources but the most common are artifacts and features.

Artifacts are portable objects that reflect human activity. Examples of artifacts include pottery, cans, shards of glass, and projectile points. Artifacts found individually are referred to as isolates. If there are multiple features found in their original locations they may constitute a site.

Features are nonmoveable elements of an archaeological site. Features are evidence of human activity that primarily consist of cultural materials which are integrated into natural layer. Features can include trash pits, hearths, walls, or pathways.

The Washington Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation regulates archaeological resources at the state level and ensure compliance with federal laws that protect these irreplaceable resources.  The Washington State Standards for Cultural Resources Reporting is updated annually and provide guidance for protecting and managing resources including in preparation for development of a site.

Building an Educational Curriculum

Lake Washington School District Tesla STEM Internship

Tesla STEM Interns and WCC Crew Archaeological Field Study

Ten Tesla STEM students dedicated six months (Nov. 2017 to Mar. 2018) of Wednesdays to research and develop material in support of K-12 educational curriculum regarding the Bear Creek archaeological discovery (2008).

This group of juniors and seniors are in the process of identifying their research topics while they continue learning from specialists such as Dr. Robert Kopperl, a lead archaeologist for the Bear Creek site; Lucy Flynn-O'Quinn, project archaeologist for development of the City's Cultural Resources Management Plan; and Jack Johnson, Manager, Archaeology Curation Services, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.  Students also met with the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.

Please look forward to additional information regarding the student's progress and an open house in March 2018 to learn from each of the students about their process and findings.

Learn more about the discovery and the archaeology of Bear Creek here.

For additional information, contact Kimberly Dietz.