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Construction Projects And The Archaeology Of City Development

Steve Scher
06/08/2010 at 9:00 a.m.

When the 520 bridge design is finally agreed on, the digging will begin. What will we find underground? There are already several major construction projects digging deep under Seattle's urban center. In addition to all the dirt, they may be removing artifacts of this city's storied history. If the deep–bore tunnel ends up going right through a Native American village site, what happens to the construction project? What happens to the artifacts that are recovered? Who pays for the archaeological surveys? What can we learn about Seattle's hidden history from the mega–construction projects?


Peter Lape is a professor of archaeology at the University of Washington and curator of archaeology at the Burke Museum.

Allyson Brooks is Washington state's historic preservation officer and director of the State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation.

Coll Thrush is assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia and the author of "Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing–Over Place." He's currently editing a book soon to be published about the role of indigenous ghosts and burial grounds in North American culture.

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