Lake River ceramics topic of museum talk

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Ceramics found in Clark County that were made prior to the 1700s will be the topic of October's "First Thursday" event at the Clark County Historical Museum.

The presentation — "Pre-18th Century Clay and Ceramic Technology in the Pacific Northwest" — will be at 7 p.m. at the museum, 1511 Main St.

Anthropologist Shelby Anderson will speak about aboriginal pottery and what are known as the Lake River ceramics, found in the Lake River area near Felida and Ridgefield, as well as Sauvie Island.

Several examples in the museum's collection will be on display — Thursday night only — as part of the presentation.

Anderson is an assistant professor of anthropology at Portland State University. Her research interests include the archaeology of past hunter-gatherer societies, evolutionary theory, historical ecology, ceramic technology, applied archaeology and cultural resource management. She has worked in a variety of settings — including tribal, federal agency and private consulting — in Alaska, Washington, Utah, Colorado and the Russian far east.

Clark County Historical Society members and active-duty military families with ID get in free; for others, admission fees apply — $4 adults, $3 seniors/students, $2 children, $10 families.