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  • Of Royalty, Legends & Lore

    Whether it’s decadent desserts, rich curries, or lipsmacking snacks, it’s no secret that India has given the world some of its most iconic foods. While the taste of a dish is left to the chef’s genius, what also adds to its flavour is its winding history through time. Every dish, you see, is the result of a story.

    And today we bring you 10 such fascinating stories that have not just stood the test of time but have found love in palates across the globe.

    10. Curry and its trip through time 

    From dhansak and korma to rogan josh, kuzhambu and vindaloo, curries … » More …

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  • Cordova Bay dig reveals signs of thriving First Nations village

    Signs of a once-thriving village of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples are emerging at Agate Lane Park in Cordova Bay.

    It’s 8 a.m. and a cool breeze flows through a tiny park in Cordova Bay where Roger Charlie is digging into his ancestors’ past. He is lying flat on the ground on the edge of a hole. Layers of soil reveal ash and fire-cracked rocks, shells and animal bones — and a large piece of elk antler that Charlie believes might have been used as a tool to move hot rocks in a cooking pit.

    Charlie can envision people around a cooking hearth sharing salmon and … » More …

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  • Student archaeologists dig around former Cannon Beach school

    City checking for cultural artifacts

    Archaeology students from Portland State University and Washington State University Vancouver are exploring around NeCus’ Park before construction begins on a renovation of the former Cannon Beach Elementary School.

    In early July, the city brought in about a dozen students from the long-running Public Archaeology Field School typically held at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Their work will help ensure that significant cultural deposits will not be disrupted by construction, Katie Wynia, the site’s field director, said.

    “This could be done by a professional company that does archaeology, but it’s been a great partnership with the park and … » More …

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  • Kalispel Tribe partners with WSU researchers on 5,000-year-old archeological dig

    The Kalispel Tribe is collaborating with Washington State University researchers on a 5,000-year-old archeological dig.

    Ancient Tribal earth ovens are being excavated as part of the first archeological project ever made public by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, said WSU researchers in a news release on Tuesday. The ovens were built long before the Egyptian pyramids.

    The excavation will happen on June 5 near Newport with WSU archeologists. Attendees will see uncovered artifacts at the site and learn more about the history of the Kalispel Tribe’s indigenous food systems.

    The artifacts are being carefully removed from the ground to make room for essential housing for the … » More …

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  • Gilman scholarship students heading abroad

    Four WSU CAS undergraduates recently received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship toward study abroad programs of their choice. Cougs will use the funding to study in Taiwan, Italy, Kenya, and Japan.

    “The Gilman scholarship is a federally funded initiative and the top study abroad award in higher education,” said Tiffany Prizzi, senior advisor in International Programs-Global Learning. “Besides looking great on a resume, this award is an open door to international opportunities and consideration for post-graduate awards, such as the Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships.

    Students receiving the award, their year in school, their major, and their intended study abroad destination are Ryan Lewis, senior, Anthropology … » More …

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