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Skulls on wooden burial structure at top of Memaloose Island, Columbia River.

Title
Skulls on wooden burial structure at top of Memaloose Island, Columbia River.
LC Subject
Riparian areas Funeral rites and ceremonies--United States Bones Rivers Northwest, Pacific Bodies of water Photography
Local Collection ID
PH037
Repository
University of Oregon. Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives
Description
A black and white photograph of what has been identified as a wooden burial structure on the top of Memaloose Island in the Columbia River. At least 18 skulls and half a dozen long bones sit on top of the board roof of a wooden hut-like structure. Many of the skulls seem to be missing jawbones. The structure is surrounded by low, blooming vegetation. A few boards and a broken box or basket are scattered about it, and one board leans against it. In the background is seen the river, with bluffs and sparsely-wooded hills rising behind.
Location
Oregon >> West >> United States Columbia River >> Clatsop County >> Oregon >> West >> United States
Date
1880/1949
Identifier
ORU_PH037_0099
Rights
Public Domain Mark 1.0
Local Collection Name
Angelus Studio Photographs
Type
Image
Format
image/tiff
Set
Angelus Studio photographs, 1880s-1940s Western Waters Digital Library
Primary Set
Angelus Studio photographs, 1880s-1940s
Institution
University of Oregon