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Prehistory presentation May 18 in Grangeville

— A presentation on the prehistory of North Central Idaho will be held Wednesday, May 18, as part of annual Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month.

Professor Robert Lee Sappington will present on archaeological investigations conducted in the region since the early 1960s. Major excavations have been conducted at sites near Lewiston, Ahsahka, Kamiah, Kooskia and along the Clearwater River. The most recent excavations were conducted in 2010-2012 on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests at the confluence of Kelly Creek and the North Fork of the Clearwater River where a series of 26 radiocarbon dates document recurring occupations with features and artifacts indicating numerous activities including fishing, hunting, and animal processing. According to researchers, the Kelly Forks site represents a significant setting in the northern Rockies that has been used for more than 12,000 years.

Free and open to the public, Sappington’s presentation is being sponsored by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, in partnership with the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., Forest Service office, 104 Airport Road in Grangeville.

During the month, an eight panel display highlighting Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests historic sites that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places will be available for viewing during regular office hours from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 2 – 31, at the Grangeville FS office. These sites include the Fenn Ranger Station, Moose Creek Ranger Station, Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, the Lolo Trail National Historic Landmark, the Jim Moore Place and the Elk City Wagon Road. 

Each year the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office organizes and promotes statewide opportunities for the public to learn about Idaho archaeology, history and historic preservation. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the 50 years since the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) was enacted by Congress.”

For information contact Cindy Schacher, archaeologist, at 926-6412.


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