Layser Cave - 201007LJW

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Layser Cave is a significant archaeological site. Animal bones, stone tools, Olive shell beads (from the coast) found on the floor of the cave and buried in the soil layers enabled experts to piece together a history of more than 7,000 years (one of the oldest in Washington State). The cave was discovered by forest worker, Tim Layser in 1982. The cave is only about 60 x 40 feet (18 x 12 meters) in size. It was apparently abandoned about 4,000 years ago about the time of a large eruption at Mount St. Helens and never reoccupied.

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Comments (7)

Laurel211 on July 30, 2010

Really interesting stuff Larry. Did you enter and explore this cave?

Larry Workman QIN on July 30, 2010

Thanks Laurel. I did go in, but it is a very small cave so there was not a lot to explore.

Cheers, Larry

Tomas K☼h☼ut on August 5, 2010

Interesting, Larry... Archeological exploration of the site is already done and closed, so you can freely enter the cave?

Cheers, Tom

Sandy065 on August 5, 2010

Love it!

Larry Workman QIN on August 7, 2010

Děkuji Tom! Yes is open with no restrictions.

Mulţumesc Sandy!

Best regards, Larry.

Tim Layser on March 21, 2013

I am glad that folks enjoy this cave and it is good that the FS Ranger District has made an interp site around it. Although it has been a little more than 30 since it was located I still have a strong connection to it and always will. I stop by every time I am in the area just to sit and enjoy the location.

Tim Layser

Larry Workman QIN on March 21, 2013

Hi Tim. Thank you so much for your comments! When there, I try to imagine what the area looked like 7,000 years ago. It is a wonderful place to visit. Best regards, Larry

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  • Uploaded on July 28, 2010
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    by Larry Workman QIN
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D300
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