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Velveeta and Wonder Bread: Cooking at Ozette, the Pompeii of America


“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.”

For the entire article, please click HERE for the link at Modern Salt.

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.

Click on a photo start the slide show, with much larger versions of the photos.

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)