Archaeology is a fascinating discipline and it is partly through the objects left behind by past peoples that we can experience their stories. The Burke Museum Archaeology staff is here to help you learn about your artifacts!
The Archaeology Staff can be reached by phone, mail, or email. We will attempt identifications of your artifacts by photo (through mail or email) but are also happy to set up appointments to meet with you in person. Every winter the Burke Museum also holds an annual Artifact Identification Day where numerous specialists are brought together to help identify artifacts. Check the Burke Museum Annual Events calendar to see when the next Artifact Identification Day will be held.
Before you contact the Archaeology Staff please check the Frequently Asked Questions below so that you can be better prepared to answer any questions the staff may have for you.
What types of objects can the Burke Museum identify?
What if I want my artifact authenticated or appraised?
What laws should I be concerned about?
What if I don’t have an artifact but am concerned about a site?
What do I do if I find an artifact on property that I do not own?
What do I do if I find human remains?
What information should I be prepared with before I call?
What if I want to donate my artifact?
The Burke Archaeology Public Outreach Coordinator will review your requests and find an appropriate specialist to help you. We get hundreds of requests per year, each of which requires some research before answering, so please be patient!
Archaeology Public Outreach Coordinator
Seattle, WA 98195-3010
*Please do not send any artifacts to this address