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Archaeological Collections

Projectile points, Columbia River area, various periods

Among the more than 80,000 items in the Haffenreffer Museum's holdings were over 60,000 archaeological artifacts (41,715 artifacts catalogued and 22,353 uncatalogued); 90% were from North America, but others were Central and South American pre-Columbian ceramics and textiles. The Haffenreffer Museum was also a federally-designated repository for 20,000 archaeological objects excavated by Arctic researchers from National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Alaska. (click here for collections summary).

While current facilities in Bristol limited the number of objects on display at any one time, the collections were available to qualified researchers. The Museum had nearly completed entering the catalogue onto a computerized data base, allowing for easy search and reporting on the collection.

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