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From the food we put in our bodies to the furniture we put in our homes, human life is shaped by “stuff” all around us—and our stuff reveals surprising truths about our lives.

Cultural objects at the Burke Museum aren’t tucked away on shelves. They are alive, embodying the knowledge, language, and stories of people and cultures.

While there have been enormous changes in Coast Salish Native diet and culture over the centuries, a core value of food has survived.

Explore the dramatic changes to Seattle's landscapes and shorelines through The Waterlines Project.

The Burke Museum Archaeology Collection contains more than 1 million artifacts.

Archaeologists find the earliest use of nutmeg as a food ingredient and evidence of the transition to early farming practices in Indonesia.

Researcher Ashley Pickard visits the Burke Museum to study shoe samples from the Japanese Gulch archaeological site.

Archaeologist Chris Yamamoto visits the Burke to view artifacts found in the Japanese Gulch.

Burke researchers learn more about the Burke’s Balinese “jukung” outrigger canoe.