Museum of Anthropology

Archaeological Collections

The Museum of Anthropology is the designated repository for archaeological materials recovered from lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Eastern Washington and also stores collections for other federal and state agencies.

These materials represent a record of the past 11,000 years of human occupation of the Columbia Plateau region of western North America. The collections contain fine examples of cordage, matting, and basketry, as well as implements made of wood, stone, and bone.

This is the most extensive collection of archaeological materials from the Plateau region and an important research focus for those interested in past cultures of the Columbia Plateau.

Materials recovered from archaeological sites along the lower Palouse and Snake Rivers were the basis of the lower Snake River cultural chronology developed by Frank Leonhardy and David Rice (Leonhardy and Rice 1970).


Leonhardy, Frank C., and David G. Rice. 1970. "A Proposed Culture Typology for the Lower Snake River Region, Southeastern Washington." Northwest Anthropological Research Notes 4(1): 1-29.

 

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