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Artifact Identification at the Burke

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.

Stone figurine from British Columbia.

Two stone mauls from Washington State.

Contact Information:

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
Burke Museum
Box 353010
Seattle, WA 98195-3010
*Please do not send any artifacts to this address


(206) 221-6183

Chipped stone tool at Artifact Id Day.