Special Addition Kicks Off 14th Annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration

Oregon Archaeology Celebration Traveling Museum relics at Smith Rock State Park
Oregon Archaeology Celebration Traveling Museum relics at Smith Rock State Park

September 26, 2016

Now in its 14th year here at Smith Rock State Park, the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series adds a special Saturday event starting this weekend, October 1. Oct. 1 [Saturday], noon-3 p.m.: Welcome Center

Patrick O'Grady, Ph.D., and staff archaeologist for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History will display and discuss "The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory."

With over thirty 1'x2' display boards of photos, text and drawings explaining the technologies represented on each board, the museum also includes loose artifacts like those shown below.


The following Friday evening presentations are scheduled from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm at the Welcome Center yurt and will include a question and answer period.

Oct. 7: Rory Becker, Eastern Oregon University associate professor of anthropology, will present "Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology."

Oct. 14: Jenny Huang, Bureau of Reclamation archaeologist, will present "A Place of Power: The Watson Rock Art Site of Malheur County."

Oct. 21: Eric Iseman, OPRD park ranger and researcher, will present "Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country."

Oct. 28: Paul M. Patton, OPRD resource specialist, will present "A New Look at the Peopling of the Americas."


The OAC program was established in 1993. Then Governor Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

While the talks are free and open to the public, you still need to pay the day-use fee of $5.