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Cascadia Cave with Tony Farque Field Trip

  • 6 Oct 2017
  • Lost Dunes
Cascadia Cave:

Recently, twenty ASCO members motored over the mountains to visit an outstanding Native American site on the South Santiam River, near Cascadia. The site is located adjacent to the Cascadia State Park. It consists primarily of a rock shelter, the wall of which is covered with many petroglyphs that have been carved there through the millennia. Our members were joined by several archaeologists from various districts of the Willamette National Forest.

The tour was led by Tony Farque, the archaeologist from the Sweet Home District of the WNF. Tony has made it his mission to learn as much as possible about this site. The shelter is located on what was a main east west route used by the Native Americans to travel between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. He explained that several groups have determined what various symbols depict, persons that did the carvings and why. All in all it was a most interesting experience – and it didn’t even rain.