These shells were recovered from LU6, which is the dark brown layer we’ve been working in for the past few summers.
Normally, we wouldn’t submit so many samples for radiocarbon dating; however, our paleoclimate project relies on large numbers of directly dated shells that span the last 12,000 years and we’re fortunate that Cooper’s Ferry holds so many shells to study.
The cores have been have been sampled at 0.5 cm and 1.0 cm intervals, capturing what we hope are a decade interval at most.
The pdf shows where we samples at 0.5 cm versus 1.0 cm.
This year, we’ve received the results of radiocarbon dating from 77 shell samples.
“She wasn’t emotional either because I think she was still in shock, too.
We realized that at that moment, as far as immediate family goes we have nobody here on Earth with us.
There were no fibrous materials such as clothing located with the remains.
However, an initial investigation indicated that the children were buried at the site 15 to 20 years ago.
Had he not died when he did we would have a lot of fun together watching his boys play ball in high school and then turn that around and help us coach and bring our boys up.”At the time of his death, Bill was a dentist.