“I’d like to be able to say that something mystical drew me through the Olympic National Forest to Ozette. Such as a spiritual connection to Celtic tree gods. Or a quest, inspired by medieval pilgrims hiking 500 miles to Santiago de Compostela. But no,it was an act of God that brought me there as a cook’s helper on an archaeological dig, the site that archaeologists around the world call the Pompeii of America.”
The following photographs did not make it into the final article, but I want to thank Ruth Kirk, Linda Hart, Paul Gleeson, Barbara Purdy, and David Kirkpatrick for their assistance in providing memories and photos. Thank you all.
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For more about Ozette, take a look at Ruth Kirk’s books: Hunters of the Whale: An Adventure of Northwest Coast Archaeology (1974) and Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village (2015)