Thursday, May 03, 2007

Authors share more than state’s archaeology
We all can use some pointers on how to age with enthusiasm and grace. Lacey octogenarian Ruth Kirk, a naturalist writer, photographer and newlywed, is someone I look to for inspiration on the topic.

Author of more than 30 books on subjects such as Mount Rainier, the Olympic rain forest, snow and Death Valley, Kirk just finished “Archeology in Washington,” a richly detailed account of major archaeological sites that span the state, from American Indian fishing villages to fur-trading forts such as Fort Nisqually.

As she’s inclined to do, Kirk collaborated with someone to write this book. That someone is Richard A. Daugherty, 86, noted archaeologist and professor emeritus at Washington State University. He also happens to be Kirk’s husband.

Also note this: And Croes still is looking for a few students to fill out the summer field archeology class at Qwu?gwes. For more about that, go to