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Early Period of Occupation at the Tahkenitch Landing Site & Surrounding Area
January 29 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
Cape Perpetua Winter Speaker Series
Enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held many Saturdays at 10:00am, January through mid-March. All events are free and held virtually on Zoom this season.
January 29 at 10:00am
Presenting Molly Kirkpatrick, Archaeologist with the Siuslaw National Forest
Tahkenitch Landing, located seven miles north of Reedsport on the Siuslaw National Forest, has produced archaeological finds dating as far back as 8,000 years into the past. Because of the site’s age and location, it’s provided researchers with a unique glimpse into the lives of coast’s inhabitants and their relationship to a changing environment over the last 8,000 years.
Molly Kirkpatrick, Archaeologist with the Siuslaw National Forest, will discuss previous archaeological research and the results of recent geoarchaeological investigations at the Tahkenitch Landing Site. This will include a general overview of landscape evolution along the Central Oregon Coast since the last ice-age and its influence on the preservation and distribution of archaeological sites along the coastal front.
About the Presenter
Molly Kirkpatrick is an archaeologist with the Siuslaw National Forest and currently resides along the Oregon Coast. She grew up in Willamette Valley, where she obtained her undergrad from the University of Oregon and later her Masters from Oregon State University. Her research interests include prehistory of the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on geoarchaeology and Peopling of the Americas. This lecture focuses on her graduate research during her time at Oregon State University, completed in the winter of 2019.