Archeology at Night

An after-hours exploration of archaeology

May 4, 2018  5-8 p.m.

Mingle with professional archaeologists as they showcase local projects and artifacts.

This event is FREE to the public. Attendees may bring TWO artifacts for identification.*

*NOTE: No value appraisals or authentications will be give at this event. Artifact identification is for educational purposes only. 

Jason Cooper is the Cultural Resources Lead for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Northwest Region based in Seattle. He joined WSDOT in 2017 after spending the previous 19 years working in the Pacific Northwest for “mom-and-pop” CRM shops, a regional environmental firm, and most recently a large multinational A/E firm. Mr. Cooper is a Registered Professional Archaeologist since 2005 and has 26 years of academic and applied archaeological experience in the western United States and eastern Mediterranean basin.

Mr. Cooper received his BA (1992) in History from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a minor in Anthropology. It was at this time that Jason discovered the South Coastal Information Center on campus at SDSU and learned how it was integrated with the California State Park’s Office of Historic Preservation. Shortly thereafter, he took his first job in CRM with Caltrans in 1991. Mr. Cooper went on to complete his MA (1997) in Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) focusing on the archaeology of arid lands. While attending UNLV, he worked for the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies and Desert Research Institute on multiple Great Basin cultural resources projects. Jason has also had the great fortune to participate on multiple overseas archaeological expeditions/field projects in the countries of Cyprus, Jordan and Egypt. These international projects opened his eyes to the world of archaeology in remote settings and emphasized the importance of pre-field planning logistics in order for a successful field season.

In the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Cooper has conducted intensive pedestrian archaeological surveys, archaeological testing projects, and data recovery efforts on precontact and historic period archaeological sites. He has completed over 100 cultural resources report in Washington State and recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Northwest Anthropology on his work along the Green River in King County, Washington. Jason is a member of the Association for Washington Archaeology and Society for American Archaeology.

Neal with Masai Elder at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, 2015

Neal with Masai Elder at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, 2015

Neal Endacott received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1987, and continued his education in anthropology at Washington State University, receiving an MA in 1992 and Ph.D. in 2008. His research has focused on zoo archaeology (the analysis of animal remains in archeological sites). He has participated in archaeological fieldwork in the Upper Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Mexico, Belize, Japan and Tanzania.

In 2016, he became involved in survey surface collection of a historic archeological site in Kenmore, WA – The Little Swamp Creek site. Analysis of the materials is part of a service learning project at Edmonds Community College, and a research project by students in our introduction to archaeology course.  Materials from the site are associated with the Coon Chicken Inn, a Seattle area restaurant sometimes referred to as “The Beacon of Bigotry.” These materials are a reminder of an unpleasant history in our area’s recent past.


Jennifer Ferris is a Senior Archaeologist and the Pacific Northwest Cultural Resources Practice Group Leader at Cardno. She has 17 years of professional and technical experience in archaeology and cultural resource management. Her background includes directing and conducting field investigations for inventory, testing, salvage, data recovery excavation, and monitoring in the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, California, Baja California, and Western Australia. Jen specializes in the study of lithic technological organization, stone tool macro-analyses, and geochemical stone provenance assays. She earned her BS in Anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle and her MA in Anthropology (Archaeology) at Washington State University in Pullman. Jen enjoys spending time with family doing many activities including cooking, biking, hiking, camping, and wearing purple to Apple Cup. She also likes to promote cultural resources protection and understanding. She has served on the Society for American Archaeology’s Nominations Committee, is a member of the Agenda Planning Committee for the Cultural Resources Protection Summit, and volunteers at local schools and events.

Kara Kanaby has always loved history and learning about the past.  That love took her to the University of Montana where she studied anthropology.  She then continued her education and attended Oregon State University where she completed her Master’s degree with a focus on historical archaeology.  Her professional career started as an archaeological technician for the Forest Service where she was in the field recording archaeological sites every day for 6 months while enjoying the beauty of Northern California. That job was followed by a stint in the private sector working for a consulting firm helping clients with their varied and many cultural resource needs.  Needing a change, she took a job as an archaeologist at the Army Corps of Engineers where she works on a wide variety of projects.

Bob Kopperl has served in a managerial and principal investigator role for cultural resources consulting services in Washington State since 2003, and worked in the field of archaeology since 1992. Bob has managed numerous federal, state, and local cultural resources projects throughout Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. His clients include local, state, and federal agencies, Tribes, and public utilities. He has directed cultural resources investigations at a variety of scales – from small surveys to large archaeological date recovery projects, long-term construction monitoring, and specialized archaeological analysis studies. Bob is also an expert in faunal analysis. In his spare time he is currently teamed with fisheries scientists, other archaeologists, and several local Tribes to investigate past and present population dynamics and human harvest of Pacific herring through study of ancient DNA preserved in archaeological herring bones. He teaches archaeology in the context of cultural resource management as a guest instructor at the University of Washington, and serves as an affiliate curator of archaeology at the Burke Museum. He is currently serving as president of the board of directors of the Association for Washington Archaeology, and has participated in other roles on the board for over 10 years.

Philippe D. LeTourneau, PhD As the King County Historic Preservation Program Archaeologist since 2007, Phil LeTourneau assists County agencies with all aspects of archaeological resources management.  Prior to joining King County, Phil had 20 years of archaeology experience, including 9 years as a private-sector cultural resources management (CRM) consultant in Seattle.  He received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2000, where he studied late Ice Age stone tools from the Southern Plains and Southwest.

His CRM work in the Puget Sound region focused on transportation and other public works projects in King and Snohomish Counties.  Additionally, Phil has done archaeological fieldwork in the Southwest, Great Plains, Southern Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Great Basin, Mexico, and England.

He is an Affiliate Curator of Archaeology at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum and a Research Associate at the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.  Phil has taught college-level classes at Middlebury College, Seattle Central Community College, University of New Mexico, and Hamilton College and has given numerous lectures on general archaeology and lithic analysis to graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle school classes, and to local archaeology societies.

Emily R. Scott. – A Pacific Northwesterner with coffee for blood and more than 11 years’ experience digging holes and taking pictures of dirt. Locally raised and educated, Emily has a passion for putting things in bags and creating lists. She graduated with a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2006. She completed a specialized certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington in 2011. Currently at Cardno, Emily enjoys identifying historic glass bottles, wearing a hardhat, and fighting through blackberries. Emily has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, and regular member of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) since 2012. In addition to supporting the City of Edmonds with guidance and recommendations, Emily has designed the annual HPC Edmonds Historic Calendar in 2016, 2018, and currently drafting 2019. Beginning in 2011 she has helped the Edmonds Historical Museum as Volunteer/Docent and with exhibits and special events. Additional education/outreach activities include presenting at STEM events, pouring wine at exhibit openings, contributing to MyEdmondsNews and Lynnwood Today, and acting as the Holiday Ambassador Elf for the Edmonds Holiday Trolley.

Dennis E. Lewarch, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Suquamish Tribe, has 46 years’ experience as a professional archaeologist. Dennis received his B.A. in 1971 and M.A. in 1974 from the University of Washington, majoring in Anthropology, and has conducted archaeological investigations throughout the United States and Mexico. He worked in the private sector for engineering firms, taught archaeology and cultural resources management projects for universities. Between 1987 and 2006, he was a private sector consulting archaeologist working in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on Western Washington. Dennis was hired by the Suquamish Tribe in February 2006 as part of the Environmental Program team in the Fisheries Department. The Suquamish Tribe assumed the duties of Tribal Historic Preservation Officer on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in September 2007, and Dennis was appointed the first Suquamish THPO. He created the Suquamish Archaeology and Historic Preservation Program in 2008 and serves as Program Manager, overseeing a team that includes a professional archaeologist and a Tribal traditional heritage specialist.

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