Dale R. Croes, Ph.D.

1219 Irving Street Southwest, Tumwater, Washington, 98512 Biography

Dale R. Croes received his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Washington (UW) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at the Washington State University (WSU).  His research focus has been on Northwest Coast of North America wet/wetland sites—including the Ozette Village site where plank houses were covered by a massive mudslide, the 3,000 year old Hoko River fishing camp, the south  ancient basketry artifacts from Northwest Coast wet (waterlogged) archaeological sites.  He did his Ph.D. dissertation research on basketry and cordage artifacts from the Ozette Village wet site, conducted post-doctoral research by directing 9 years of research at the 3,000 year old Hoko River wet site with the Makah Tribe, co-directed the Qwu?gwes wet site with the Squaxin Island Tribe for 11 years, and directed the two years of excavations at the Sunken Village Wet Site, Portland, Oregon with the Siletz, Grand Ronde and Warm Springs Tribes.

Dale Croes is an adjunct Professor with WSU Department of Anthroplogy in Pullman, WA.  After retirement in 2013 he has worked with Ed Carriere, Suquamish Master Basketmaker, to replicate and analyze the 2000 year old basketry from the Biderbost wet archaeological site, held at the UW Burke Museum.  The results of their work is a human story entitled Re-Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry, Fifty Years of Basketry Studies in Culture and Science and now available through  The work is equally in their two voices, Ed Carriere as a cultural expert and Dale Croes as an archaeological scientist.  The synergy of their work together produces much more than can be produced through their separate cultural and scientific expertise.

Our book features my work with John Cook, Master Austrian willow wicker basketmaker, living in Elk River, Idaho, USA

  • Basketry
  • Traditional
  • Willow (Basketry)