Exploring the Future of Archaeology on the Plateau: The 2014 Washington State University Museum of Anthropology Plateau Conference
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The Intermontane Plateau region of North America has an incredibly rich and unique environmental and cultural history with amazing research potential. It is also home to a number of thriving American Indian Tribes who are taking an active role in identifying and protecting cultural resources. The potential to do interesting, important, and meaningful work in an atmosphere of respectful collaboration is too good to miss. Despite these opportunities, archaeological interest in the region has not been as great as we think is warranted. There has not been any significant exploration of contemporary theoretical topics or even cultural historical synthesis or interpretation for a number of decades. The outside world’s awareness of the region has in large part been centered on the archaeo-politics of the East Wenatchee Clovis find and the Ancient One known as Kennewick Man.