People and Places on the Dynamic Shoreline Landscape of Southern Puget Sound



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This talk is an overview of Kate’s landscape study concerning the Osceola Mudflow Event ca. 5700 years ago. A debris flow from Mount Tahoma [Rainier] dramatically changed the landscape of what we know as Puget Sound. She will talk about indigenous perspectives, experimental archaeology, as well as the way forward to a predictive model of documenting the lives of people in the dynamic Middle Holocene in the southernmost portion of the Salish Sea.

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Kate Shantry is a Seattle-born professional archaeologist and Ph.D. Candidate at Washington State University, Vancouver. Her archaeological research concerns how indigenous people navigated waterways, cultivated resources, and made homes in the Pacific Northwest over time. She has a long cultural resources management history in the Northwest which influences her research.


Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.) – Environmental conditions, Paleogeography – Holocene, Landslides -- Washington (State), Debris avalanches -- Washington (State) -- Mount Rainier, Indigenous peoples


Anthropology | Archaeological Anthropology

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People and Places on the Dynamic Shoreline Landscape of Southern Puget Sound