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The Marmes Rockshelter is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Pacific Northwest, not only due to its 11,000-year record of human use beginning in early Holocene times, but also because of the attention it generated towards American archaeology throughout the Northwest, the nation, and the world. This volume includes a complete analysis and interpretation of all available information from the site's rockshelter and floodplain areas. It also represents the completion of a final report some thirty-five years after the Marmes site was excavated.
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Although the Marmes Rockshelter had successfully preserved its signs of human use for 10,000 years, it was now a race against time. Construction at the Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River continued and would soon cause a reservoir to flood the location, yet excavation funds were severely limited. Then, in 1968, a momentous scientific discovery at the site generated immense interest and carloads of tourists, and quickly led to a meeting in Washington, D.C. with the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Director of the National Science Foundation, the Chief of the Corps of Engineers, and the Director of the National Park Service. Federal funds were provided under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and major archaeological investigation was immediately underway.
The excavation was never completed. In spite of efforts to hold back the flooding, by early 1969, the Marmes Rockshelter was underwater and no longer available for examination. Many of the secrets lost there may never be revealed; however, in terms of both archaeological results—a human and environmental record beginning in early Holocene times—and political impact, it remains a true breakthrough. Senator Warren G. Magnuson described the site as "a landmark precedent in our nation’s responsibility to its own heritage, which will be felt for decades to come."
More than thirty years after the Marmes site was excavated, the mandate to preserve archaeological materials and information has now led full-circle to the publication of "Marmes Rockshelter: A Final Report on 11,000 Years of Cultural Use," a complete analysis and interpretation of all of the available information from the site’s rockshelter and floodplain areas. Generously illustrated, the volume includes details on the project’s background, research design, environmental overview, cultural context, stratigraphy and site formation processes, features, remains, lithic debitage, tools, and materials, along with a summary of the results.
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