I have fond memories of Sequim, Washington. In our younger days, Peg and I were members of the Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce). Tacoma was in Region III which ran from the Maple Valley through Federal Way, Puyallup, Tacoma and Lakewood area and then onto the peninsula out to Sequim and Port Angeles.
Sequim is also one of the stops that made going Around the Loop, as a journey around the Peninsula was called years and years ago. In the early 1950s my mom and dad and I went around the loop and I even fished for dinner. In the 70s Sequim hosted a large area Jaycee meeting and it was the first time I had steak that wasn’t over-cooked. Peg never overcooked steak, but it was the reality of my family history . . . and I’ve always enjoyed history.
As part of my Christmas present from Peggy every year, I get a subscription to Archaeology magazine. I love to read about the past and how it connects to our current world.
So, why should we care about archaeology?
“Archaeology is the study of human history. People have been doing this since the beginning of time, but it wasn’t until the 15th to 16th century that it became an official field of study. Since then, archaeologists have uncovered incredible things about our past—things that would have been lost to history without their work. Today, we still rely on archaeology to learn about our past, and we should care about it for many reasons.” – Archeology Magazine
I always like the song “Far Away Places with Strange Sounding Names.” Sam Cooke’s version is one of the sweetest I’ve heard.
Searches around our Earth each year reveal more and more information about our past, but some people prefer to read about specific places and specific people and the actions and interactions that historically took place there. I like to read about findings all around the world; however, one of my favorite sections in the magazine is “Around the World” by Jason Urbanus.
Surrounded by natural beauty and full of small-town charm, Sequim is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and lavender lovers and is one of the driest places in western Washington. An active arts community, a vibrant downtown, and diverse culinary options make Sequim the cultural and commercial heart of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley on the magnificent Olympic Peninsula.
“Researchers determined that a mastodon living in the Pacific Northwest 13,900 years ago was wounded when it was struck by a spear. The elephant-like animal’s remains were first discovered 45 years ago at the Manis Mastodon site on the Olympic Peninsula. Recent CT scanning and 3-D software analysis revealed that tiny bone fragments embedded in its rib were pieces of a projectile fashioned from the leg bone of another mastodon. This represents the oldest known bone spearpoint in the Americas and the earliest evidence of mastodon hunting.”
I’ve long known that tribal peoples here have a long history in the Pacific Northwest, but reaching back almost 14,000 years must have involved many different peoples. I guess I’ll just have to keep reading and sharing.
Susanne Bacon says
What a nice story! Thank you for sharing it. Didn’t know this about the Mastodon finds on the Peninsula. Archaeology indeed is a fascinating field!
Michael Lee says
I moved to Sequim in 1981, 7 days after High school graduation in Tempe Arizona. Joined the Jaycees for a time before I left for the Navy. Sequim was a “culture shock” for a 18 year old from the valley of the sun as it was quiet, slow, and just too boring. Now 42 years later, various careers, trips around the world, living all over the United States I returned to Sequim in part to look after my parents and reconnect with a local woman I fell in love with 42 years ago. We dated and married 7 months ago. Many changes have happened in Sequim over 42 years, growth, development, the invasion of the Californian plague and at 60 years old, I miss the old Sequim but it’s home once again for the remainder of my life.
Brian Borgelt says
I spend time in the high desert of northern New Mexico, where the remains of a lost civilization are scattered across the landscape.
If you visualize yourself having to exist there today with nothing but what the land and terrain can provide, you begin to understand how and where the ancients did so.
That is where you find stone tools and bits of pottery that have stood the test of time while the mountains continuously erode to the floor of the ancient seabed that predates those human inhabitants.
Last year I cut up my hunted deer with 2 stone knives I had found, which were as sharp as they were left + – 1200 years ago, when a presumed drought killed off and/or drove out the estimated 150,000 member tribe.
This past trip I found my 4th and best arrowhead, made of obsidian, a stone allegedly traded from a tribe out of the area, as obsidian does not normally occur there.
As I hunted this past fall in -7f temperatures, with modern clothing and a modern dwelling waiting for my surrender to the elements at 7500 feet elevation, I could hardly imagine those who lived those primitive lives, with only that which they could fashion from earth, wood, and stone, and the animals they killed, with no relief in sight – no other option.