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October 21, 2019

Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society Hosts Lecture on the Eve of International Archaeology Day


Archaeologists surveying the trail. Courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society.

On October 18th, 2019, the Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society held a lecture as part of Washington State Archaeology Month Event and International Archaeology Day. The lecture, “Aypax-kan-ishchit—The Yakama-Cowlitz Trail: History, Archaeology, and an Approach to Evaluation,” was given by Retired U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist Rick McClure and discussed recent efforts to map and document the 140 mile Yakama (Aypax-kan-ishchit) Trail, one of the principal cross-mountain footpaths used for exchange and social interaction between Indigenous people east and west of the Cascade Mountains in pre-contact and historic times.

Forty-four people attended the evening event at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

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