Spruce, Not Cedar

[In the Prince of Wales article, May 2018], the 5,000-6,000-year-old basket referred to as cedar is actually spruce root. Dave Putnam discovered the Thorne River Basket while working for the Forest Service in the summer of 1994. He and I led the recovery effort and had the basket transported to the Alaska State Museum, where it is housed today. Mary Lou Florien, then of the Royal Provincial Museum in Victoria, BC, did the identification of the material.

Thanks for your time! I appreciate your attention to the nuances of information that goes out to the public.

-Terry Fifield
Plymouth, New Hampshire