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Researching the Collections

The Burke Museum Archaeology Department actively encourages research on its collections. While collections from Washington State and the Pacific Northwest form the core of the archaeology collections, the Archaeology Department’s holdings from other regions such as South America, Egypt and Micronesia have also been the focus of recent research. To learn more about recent and past research associated with the department visit our Research Projects page. More information on publications detailing the results of research on the archaeology collections.

2007 summer research fellow Brian Durkin at work analyzing faunal material from Cattle Point, San Juan Islands, 45-SJ-1.

Burke Museum Archaeology collections storage.

Summer Research Fellowship

In the summer of 2006 the Archaeology Department began funding the Burke Museum Archaeology Collections Research Fellowship (BMARCF) to help promote student research of the collections. In 2007 the department was able to expand the fellowship to provide funding for both a graduate and an undergraduate student project.


Mammal, bird, and fish comparative skeletons.

Comparative Faunal Collections

The Archaeology Department is in the process of creating a comparative faunal collection, with a focus on domesticated animals and small mammals, to supplement the extensive skeletal collections already available in the Burke Museum Biology Division. See the archaeology division’s comparative faunal collections  that are available for in-house use. For access to these collections please contact . Go to the Comparative Faunal Collections page to view other faunal collections available at the Burke and find contact information for other departments.

State Cultural Resource GIS Database

The Burke Museum Archaeology Department has a data-sharing agreement with Washington State to offer access to the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation archaeological sites GIS database and associated site forms.  To inquire about the requisite qualifications to access this database, please contact Laura Phillips, Archaeology Collections Manager.

Washington State Map, Counties Layer.

Other Online Resources for Researchers

See our suggested links to other helpful online resources.