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Ozette: A North American Pompeii:
Archaeologists soon realized that they were dealing with the dream of virtually every archaeologist on earth: discovering an almost intact, buried village: a true Pompeii of the New World. The mud slide had sealed everything and created a low-oxygen, waterlogged environment, which prevented bacteria from attacking the organic remains. Organic objects such as wooden boards from plank houses, nets, basketry, wooden tools, wooden boxes, bone and antler harpoons, and cordage; all were preserved.
Archaeological test pits were excavated at the Ozette site in 1967 by Richard Daugherty. However, it was not until 1970 that it became apparent what was buried there. After a storm in February 1970, tidal erosion exposed hundreds of well preserved wooden artifacts. The excavation of the Ozette site began shortly after. University students worked with the Makah under the direction of archaeologists using pressurized water to remove mud from six buried long houses. The excavation went on for 11 years and produced over 55,000 artifacts, many of which are on display in the Makah Cultural and Research Center. The museum opened in 1979 and displays replicas of cedar long houses as well as whaling, fishing, and sealing canoes.