Research at shipyard topic of museum talk



Archaeologist Bill Roulette will discuss the findings of his investigation of Vancouver’s World War II shipyard site Thursday at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. They run counter to some narratives of America’s WWII experience, he said.

“An Archaeologist’s View of the Kaiser Vancouver Shipyard” is part of the museum’s First Thursday lecture series.

Roulette is president and principal investigator of Applied Archaeological Resources Inc. In 2010, the Portland company did an investigation as part of an environmental remediation project on a landfill at the former site of the Kaiser shipyard.

The landfill was designated a historical archaeological resource. The archaeological work involved monitoring the excavation of the landfill by heavy equipment, and collecting artifacts.

Combining the monitoring with the analysis of the artifacts and historical research provides insights into the lives of the shipyard workers, Roulette said.

Admission fees: $4 adults, $3 seniors/students, $2 children, $10 families. Clark County Historical Society members and active duty military personnel and their families are free.