Saturday Speaker Series Kicks Off With a Look at Life in Redmond 10,000 Years Ago
Posted on 2015/09/09
September 9, 2015 Jill E. Smith
Economic Development Manager

Redmond, WA
 - Stone tools previously unearthed at the site of the recently completed Bear Creek salmon habitat restoration project are telling researchers a fascinating story about Redmond’s distant past.

The community is invited to join Mayor Marchione at the Redmond Historical Society this Saturday, 9/12 at 10:30 a.m. to hear insights and observations about these archeological finds. “Restoring this portion of Bear Creek provided an unexpected opportunity. In the end we have protected and improved the habitat of this important, productive salmon-bearing stream while learning about some of the earliest history of this land.”

The tools reveal priceless clues about what life was like for native tribes who settled in the region over 10,000 years ago. Faint protein residues, tiny plant remains and a small fish bone fragment are helping researchers piece together a picture of the lower Puget Sound landscape at the end of the Ice Age.

The restoration project involved relocating roughly 3,000 feet of Bear Creek from the mostly straight, channelized “stream” to a meandering, reshaped and re-planted channel in the existing adjacent open space.

Saturday’s event, with speaker Robert Kopperl, Ph.D., Cultural Resources Principal Investigator for SWCA Environmental Consultants, takes place at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, WA. Suggested donation for non-members is $5.00.

If you have any questions, contact Jill E. Smith, Economic Development Manager, at or 425-556-2448. This press release is available on