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Unearthing Tse-whit-zen

A Seattle Times special report May 22 - May 25, 2005
A village of the Klallam people Introduction Interactive village


Part 1: From tools, shells and bones, a culture emerges
Part 2: "How could so many die?" Graves may tell story of terrible epidemic
Part 3: "Walking together" meant walking away from project
Part 4: Site teaching Klallam tribe "who we were, who we are"
Epilogue: Tse-whit-zen's future uncertain


Thousands of artifacts were found at this ancient village of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe.
Hear tribal members talk about their favorites

Bear tooth Bear

Spear point Spear

Trade bead Trade


The state Department of Transportation uncovered Tse-whit-zen in August 2003, while building a dry dock on the Port Angeles waterfront. After spending about $60 million — and finding 335 intact skeletons — the state abandoned the project. The future of the site is unknown.

Tse-whit-zen village site map