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Daugherty dies; lead archaeologist of ‘Pompeii of America’
February 26, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

Daugherty-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Richard Daugherty, a Washington State University archaeologist who led the excavation of the Ozette village site, “the Pompeii of America,” and numerous other key Northwest finds, died Saturday of bone cancer. He was 91.

Rock Doc column: Ancient climate clues in tree rings
December 17, 2013

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – On a lark when I was a college student I took a class in field biology. It sounded romantic and I was young, so even though it didn’t really make sense for a geology student to take the senior level class in another discipline, I was there bright and early on the first day of the semester.

Promising approach to ancient mystery gains global acclaim
December 4, 2013

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Kohler-by-Roger-Cozien-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Whatever caused tens of thousands of Pueblo farmers to suddenly leave their ancient homeland in southwestern Colorado in the late AD 1200s is one of the great mysteries in archaeology. Discoveries could aid understanding of contemporary societies.

WSU Press releases book on leader in southwest archaeology
October 30, 2006

PULLMAN — Washington State University Press recently released “Tracking Ancient Footsteps: William D. Lipe’s Contributions to Public and Southwest Archaeology”. Archaeologists, including William D. Lipe, have spent decades unraveling the mystery of why tens of thousands of ancestral Pueblo Indians abandoned their communities around 1300 A.D. to move to areas far to the south and southeast. Colleagues who worked and interacted with him share their experiences in the book and chronicle a life devoted to understanding the human past.  In the book, contributors recall how, as a graduate student in the late 1950’s, Lipe headed an archaeological team at Glen Canyon in southeastern Utah, just … » More …

Proud of graduate involvement
March 17, 2006

When most people think of an archeological dig, they think of dirt, but some of Tim Kohler’s most productive digs are deep in data.Kohler, a 2006 Regents Professor best known for his archaeological research in the southwestern United States, has, in some ways, changed the face of archeology with his sophisticated computer analysis of voluminous data related to climate, geography, food sources and other factors that influence human settlements.“The whole process of research is fun because you are trying to produce new knowledge,” Kohler said. He said one way to do that is to manipulate large data sets in various ways, including through simulation, to … » More …