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Saturday, October 14, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Do it like the original Northwesterners did

Families can use native tools to split wood, learn to weave and build a Northwest Coast longhouse during the Burke Museum's Archaeology Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Seattle's Discovery Park.

The free event will include tours of the archaeological site of a 4,200-year-old Native American village, located inside the West Point Treatment Plant. (The first tour will begin at 10:30 a.m.) A video will show the 1990s excavations; visitors can see and touch replicas of some artifacts and animal bones found there.

The hands-on activities, suitable for all ages, will be held at the West Point site near the park's historic lighthouse. Visitors should check in at the visitor center, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle. Shuttle buses will run from the main parking lot.

Archaeologists and staff members from the Burke and Discovery Park will answer questions about the site and archaeology in general.

Stephanie Dunnewind, Seattle Times staff reporter

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