Current topics in archaeology, cultural heritage & historic preservation
Thursday, September 24, 2009
There are some very interesting comments at the end of the article.
Check it out at: Corps Acted Properly
(Rock art pictured is near Kennewick, WA).
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
From the Tri-City Herald, Sept. 15, 2009
Anthropologist to study jawbone found in river
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to hire an independent anthropologist to study a jawbone found in the Columbia River in August, said Corps spokesman Joseph Saxon.
The lower jawbone with two teeth was turned over to the Army Corps because it was found on the agency's land in an undisclosed location on the river. The 9,300-year-old bones of Kennewick Man also were found on the Columbia River...Read the whole story at: Tri-City Herald: Sept. 15, 2009
From the Seattle Times, Sept. 15, 2009
Did U.S. Corps of Engineers learn nothing from Kennewick Man?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apparently didn't learn much from the experience of the Kennewick Man case, these guest columnists write. The initial Corps decision to turn a jawbone found on the shores of the Columbia over to tribes without establishing a definitive connection is misguided.
GOVERNMENT agencies are often slow learners. A case in point is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' process for protecting human skeletal remains found on Corps-managed federal land.
Recently a partial human jawbone and two teeth were recovered from the Columbia River not far from where the 9,400-year-old Kennewick Man skeleton was found in 1996. Based solely upon visual inspection of these remains, the Army Corps declared them to be Native American, which puts them on a fast track for transfer to local tribes...
Read the whole story at: Seattle Times: Sept. 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Located above the fast flowing Deschutes River (a tributary of the Columbia) in central Oregon, the shallow cave is filled with rock art, mostly red or white pictographs.
Both vision quest and shamanistic images are found in the shelter.
Polished smooth by millennia of use, a large flat rock surface in the center of the shelter provides a perfect spot to sit or lay as you seek interaction with spirit helpers or mysterious forces.
You can share a little of this ancient experience in the video below. (Remember to turn on your sound, click the "full-screen" option for a larger view of the video. The photos in this post can also be enlarged by clicking on them).
(Please be aware that YouTube will show you several "recommended videos" at the bottom of the screen when Ancient Images is over. Some of these are interesting, others may be completely inappropriate. Sadly I have no influence or control over what YouTube chooses to promote at the end of my video. Viewer beware.).
Please remember to preserve and protect unique and irreplaceable cultural treasures like this small rock shelter. It is still sacred to the people who used it...and continue to use it even now.
This rock art has been here for hundreds, if not thousands, of years...with your help it can still be here thousands of years from now.
Friday, September 4, 2009
National Public Radio's station KPLU (Seattle/Tacoma) reports that the Army Corps of Engineers plans to repatriate the bones to "Northwest Tribes"...here we go again.
Read the whole story at: Old Jawbone Found in Columbia River to be Repatriated to Northwest Tribes
Also, see my post below from August 25, 2009 (Breaking News! Second Kennewick Man May Have Been Discovered)
If you're privileged to go to a site here are some guidelines that will help you protect the site while you enjoy it.
- Treat the site and the rock art with the same respect you would give a religious or sacred place…that’s what it is.
- Don’t touch the images. The oils from your skin will damage them over time and the abrasion of your fingers can actually remove images from the rock.
- Don’t remove anything from the site. That cigarette at the foot of the cliff may not be litter but a tobacco offering; that dollar bill was not “lost”…they may have been left by modern Indians to honor the spiritual power of the rock art (of course if you're sure its litter, take it out with you).
- If there is a trail stay on it. If there is not a trail try not to make one.
- Don’t trespass on private property.
- Don’t share the location of non-public sites with others.
- Don’t make “rubbings” or “contact prints”. This very often causes irreparable harm.
- Do take photographs or make sketches of the images and feel free to show them to your friends and family.
- Final Note: Have a good time, be safe, and act responsibly. Take time to enjoy the setting, the culture, the fresh air… and remember, its about appreciating, respecting, and preserving prehistoric rock art that is sacred to the people who made it.
(The images above are from rock art sites along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon).