MANZANITA - The Nehalem Valley Historical Society will host a
lecture entitled "Survey of Artifacts Neahkahnie Mountain" this
Phil Costaggini, of M.S. Engineering Surveys will speak about
the survey, begun in 1971 by the late Wayne M. Jensen, former
director of the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum.
Costaggini is a registered land surveyor in the State of Oregon,
and has practiced since 1987. He holds degrees from Columbia
University (B.A. History)
and Oregon State University (M.S. Engineering Surveys).
In completing his master's degree, Costaggini chose the
Neahkahnie Mountain Survey Project, beginning in 1978. His first
task was to meet Wayne Jensen, then the director of the Tillamook
County Pioneer Museum, by way of referral from Costaggini's major
Jensen had explored the ground on and near Neahkahnie Mountain
and it was his contention that artifacts found and recovered were
remains of an ancient
Costaggini's work was twofold: to perform a cadastral survey to
a thematically tie the artifacts and then to write a paper
detailing the results and to
explore some possible conclusions.
Renewed interest in Francis Drake's Oregon location surfaced in
2008 when new research compiled chiefly from the Jensen collection
of historical documents, archaeological evidence, maps, surveys,
and Native American life and language were published in Garry
Gitzen's "Francis Drake in Nehalem Bay 1579, Setting the Historical
Record Straight". A commentary in the Oregon Archaeological Society
Newsletter in December 2008 said this about the book,
"...critics will have a Herculean task to overcome the lucid
arguments of this book." Costaggini's entire thesis is reprinted as
Appendix I in the book and
provides verification that a 16th century land survey was indeed
incised on numerous rocks laid atop cairns dispersed for more than
a mile on the face of
The Nehalem Valley Historical Society recently acquired a large
centerpiece incised rock, which was used in the Francis Drake land
survey. Donations are being accepted for the construction of a
showcase with interpretative information to house the rock.
The lecture is slated for Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the
Pine Grove Community Center, 225 Laneda Ave., Manzanita. The event
is free and open to the public.
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