2008 Pulaski Tunnel & Cabin Dig: An Archaeological Primer - Begin the exhibit by tapping on the "Start Exhibit" hypertext at the top of this page.
In the summer of 2008, archaeologists studied the remains of the Nicholson adit and cabin site (10SE664) that is thought to be Pulaski's refuge from the 1910 Fire. Today, his story is told along an interpretive trail that ends at the Nicholson adit, where it is thought they escaped the flames. The archaeological excavations were designed to help answer questions about the relationship of the remains at the adit and cabin to the 1910 Fire and Silver Valley mining history, help prevent vandalism to the archaeological site, and allow for additional development of interpretive facilities. Archaeologists from the Seattle firm, Northwest Archaeological Associates, worked with members of the Pulaski Project, Mullan High School students, Coeur d'Alene Field Office of the BLM and Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) to locate and excavate remains of this important piece of Silver Valley history. While positive proof of Pulaski's refuge was not found, the artifacts and features that were recovered suggest the cabin and adit were burned in the 1910 fire and would have been available to Pulaski and his men.
The 2008 work was made possible through grants and numerous partners that should be recognized for their efforts and generosity. First and foremost, the members of the Pulaski Project, especially Ron Roizen and Jim See, sought the grants that paid for the majority of the work and provided the push to complete the archaeological evaluations. The Inland Northwest Community Foundation provided the majority of the grant money for the excavations. Additional funding was provided by the Recreation Advisory Committee.
The exhibit is designed to provide a primer on the archaeological process using the 2008 Pulaski dig as a vehicle to give insights into how archaeology is done. The exhibit is based on a presentation developed by Steve Matz, Heritage Manager, IPNF.
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