Archaeology

#777 Beyond the bias of stone

Waterlogged: Examples and Procedures for Northwest Coast Archaeologists by Kathryn Bernick (editor) Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 2019 $32.95 (U.S.) / 9780874223668 Publisher’s note: Canadian residents can obtain WSU titles online via Indigo and other bookstores. Canadian bookstores can purchase WSU books through Ingram. Reviewed by Bob Muckle * Any archaeologist working in British…
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#733 Pompeii of the Northwest Coast

Basketry from the Ozette Village Archaeological Site: A Technological, Functional, and Comparative Study. Ozette Archaeological Research Reports Volume IV.  Washington State University Department of Anthropology, Reports of Investigations Number 69 by Dale R. Croes (author), Alexandra L.C. Martin (design), and Darby C. Stapp (editor) Richland, WA: Journal of Northwest Anthropology (JONA), Memoir Number 17, August…
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#622 The secrets of Okanagan Lake

Okanagan Lake: An Illustrated Exploration Above and Below the Waters by Raphael Nowak Kelowna: Institute for Underwater Research, 2018 Distributed by Sandhill Marketing $32.95 / 9781775240501 Reviewed by Harold Rhenisch * Okanagan Lake fills the bottom of the Okanagan Valley between Penticton and Spallumcheen. It is 135 kilometres long and varies in width from one…
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#516 Chilliwack to Ts’elxwéyeqw

Being Ts’elxwéyeqw: First Peoples’ Voices and History from the Chilliwack-Fraser Valley, British Columbia by the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe (producers) and David M. Schaepe (editor) Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2018 $94.95 / 9781550178180 Reviewed Charles R. Menzies * Being Ts’elxwéyeqw is one of a growing genre of First Nations controlled and published reference books. Edited by UBC-trained…
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#462 Baskets across the border

Re-awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry: Fifty Years of Basketry Studies in Culture and Science by Ed Carriere and Dale R. Croes Richland, WA: Journal of Northwest Anthropology (JONA), Memoir Number 15, January 2018 $54.95 (U.S.) / 9781973968221 Available from Amazon.com through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Reviewed by Andrea Laforet First published Jan. 8, 2019 * In this…
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#428 Gulf Islands charcoal burners

Island Forest Embers: The Japanese Canadian Charcoal Kilns of the Southern Gulf Islands by Rumiko Kanesaka and Brian Smallshaw (editors) Ganges: Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island, 2018 $8.00 / 9780973781410 Reviewed by Bob Muckle First published Nov. 20, 2018 * While walking in the forest on his home island of Galiano one day…
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#395 Meanwhile, 5,000 years ago

First published Oct. 8, 2018. Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River Region by Mike K. Rousseau, editor Burnaby: Archaeology Press of Simon Fraser University, 2017 $30.00 / 9781772870121 Reviewed by Robert (Bob) Muckle Also open access. Free download: http://archpress.lib.sfu.ca/index.php/archpress/catalog/book/72 * In 2011, Mike Rousseau recruited 33 active archaeologists and scholars in related disciplines to contribute…
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#262 Lillooet pithouses revisited

First published Mar. 9, 2018. The Last House at Bridge River: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Household in British Columbia During the Fur Trade Period by Anna Marie Prentiss (editor) Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017. $59.00 (U.S)  /  9781607815433 Reviewed by Bob Muckle [A new old Lillooet subdivision: The Bridge River Site…
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#92 Of salmon, herring and abalone

First published Feb. 22, 2017 REVIEW: People of the Saltwater: An Ethnography of Git lax m’oon by Charles R. Menzies Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. US $45 / 978-0-8032-8808-9 Reviewed by Robert Muckle * A pinch of sea salt goes with the territory… In People of the Saltwater, UBC anthropologist Charles Menzies provides an…
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#57 Rock art before Led Zeppelin

First published Dec. 2, 2016 REVIEW:  The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols by Genevieve von Petzinger New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016. US $36 / 9781476785493 Reviewed by Chris Arnett * In The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols, Genevieve von Petzinger explores the geometric images…
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