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Jona Memoir 16

Holocene Geochronology and Archaeology
at Cascade Pass, Northern Cascade Range, Washington

By Robert R. Mierendorf and Franklin F. Foit, Jr.


I’m going to have this book ready to share the next time I hear the shopworn assertion that “there’s no deposition or stratigraphy in the mountains, and besides, there’s really not much you can learn from alpine lithic scatters.” Cascade Pass is a nice illustration that even small, targeted excavations at high elevations have much to offer – there’s a tremendous amount we don’t know about peoples in the Wilderness, and this is a fine example of beginning to fill these information and perception gaps.

– Larry Todd

Memoir 16 reports on archaeological investigations at Cascade Pass, a multi-component open site in Washington State on the divide between the Columbia River and Salish Sea. The research has established a site chronology spanning 10,000 years based on volcanic ash layers (tephra) and dated carbon. Memoir 16 is the culmination of 30 years of research by Bob Mierendorf, who spent his career as an archaeologist at North Cascades National Park. To assist with the complexities of the numerous ash layers encountered beneath the surface, Bob enlisted the aid of his former Washington State University Professor, Franklin Foit, Jr. The authors draw comparisons between archaeological signatures in components from the different time periods, which are then used to identify Holocene cultural trends and to assess the empirical fitness of two opposing views of Pass and travel usage.

Mierendorf and Foit's work touches on a number of important contemporary issues that will be of interest to descendants of the peoples whose use is documented at Cascade Pass. It will also interest Indigenous audiences living in or near alpine environments, and researchers (specifically archaeologists) around the world interested in the use of alpine environments. 

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JONA Memoir Series

The JONA Memoir Series offers a more thematic approach than the biannual issues, covering a range of topics relating to efforts of anthropological study in the Northwest.

Memoirs 1–6 are only available digitally.
Please contact our office if you are interested in obtaining one of these digital memoirs.


Memoir 8

Action Anthropology and Sol Tax in 2012: The Final Word? (Memoir)
By Douglas E. Foley, Susan Tax Freeman, Robert E. Hinshaw, Solomon H. Katz, Joshua Smith, Albert L. Wahrhaftig, Tim Wallace, Joan Ablon, John H. Bodley

Memoir 7

Festschrift in Honor of Max G. Pavesic (Journal of Northwest Anthropology)
By Susan Pengilly, Robert M. Yohe II, Carolynne L. Merrell, Keo Boreson, Dana Komen, Daniel Meatte, Thomas J. Green, Suanne J. Miller, Lori K. Schiess

JONA Special Reprints

The editors of the Journal of Northwest Anthropology invited twenty-five colleagues to share their perspectives on anthropological writing and publishing in an essay format. The purpose was to collect experiences, insights, and suggestions from experienced authors to assist other professionals in writing and publishing their own research. Nineteen of those invited accepted the challenge. The group includes academic and practicing anthropologists, archaeologists, and ecologists. Collectively, the group has written or co-written more than 150 books, 150 chapters in books, and more than 1,100 articles in professional journals. The essays contain personal writing-related anecdotes and philosophies, describe the changes occurring in the publishing industry, explore the benefits that can accrue from writing, and provide tips to improve one’s writing to increase the chances of getting published.

A special reprint of JONA Vol. 40(1), Tahoma Legends discusses the relationship that two American cultures, the Indian and non-Indian, have developed to the mountain, and how each has adapted its own legends to incorporate elements of the other culture. This work presents a collection of these legends, derived from a variety of anthropological, historical, and popular sources.

The legends are discussed in the context of two different cultural settings, one that calls the mountain Tahoma, the other Mount Rainier.