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Tour the history of South Beach with Burke Museum's Dr. Juile Stein, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Dr. Arden King and field school class unearth a whet stone during an excavation at South Beach under the auspices of the University of Washington in 1946-47. Dr. Julie Stein will guide visitors through the King site Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., during archaeology walk at South Beach.  - Contributed photo
Dr. Arden King and field school class unearth a whet stone during an excavation at South Beach under the auspices of the University of Washington in 1946-47. Dr. Julie Stein will guide visitors through the King site Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., during archaeology walk at South Beach.
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The University of Washington’s Dr. Julie Stein will discuss archaeological investigations of ancient cultures at American Camp and San Juan Island in a guided walk Saturday, June 4, beginning at 10 a.m., at American Camp’s South Beach site.

The walk is free and meets at Alaska Packer’s Rock, located at the end ofthe gravel access road that parallels the beach.

Plan to park in the main beach parking area at the end of Pickett’s Lane and walk to the meeting point. As the walk will cover a portion of the prairie above the beach, walkers should wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

Dr. Julie Stein is the author of Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory: The Archaeology of the San Juan Islands (University of Washington Press, $17.95), which examines Coast Salish culture through excavations conducted by University of Washington crews at American and English camps going back to the early 1950's.

Stein's talk will focus on ancient life at South Beach, which included hunting and gathering, camping, several forms of fishing and cultivation of camas and other root foods. She also will discuss middens, or trash mounds, located in several areas along the beach that have remained remarkably in evidence over time.

The middens have revealed a picture of ancient life at American Camp dating as far as 8,000 years, according to Stein.

 

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