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Location: Washington, USA        Length: 8 min.

This is a story about chert, identity and landscape.  Used for making flaked stone tools,  Hozomeen chert is a locally abundant and distinctive tool stone found exclusively in the northern Cascade Range of Washington and British Columbia.  Over the span of two decades, archaeologist Bob Mierendorf has studied quarries near today's Ross Lake reservoir that reveal a 10,000 year long record (which was surprising, but shouldn’t have been) of Native American involvement with this rugged, high-mountain landscape.

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Produced in 2010 by Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele

Copyright 2010 by Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele

Archaeology (Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation)

Association for Washington Archaeology

A Field Guide to Washington State Archaeology (Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation) [PDF]

New Multimedia: Hozomeen (Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele)

People of the North Cascades (Robert Mierendorf and Kenneth Reid 1986, National Park Service) [PDF]