OAS Events

Next OAS General Meeting November 7, 2017 7pm at OMSI.

“Fire and Ice: Environmental Change and Archaeology at Yellowstone National Park” Dr. Beth Horton will explore the impacts of the natural processes on archaeological resources and discuss recent research findings at the world’s first national park, established in 1872.

Yellowstone National Park is the site of about half the world’s active geysers in one of the largest, nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth. This national Park (NP) also has a rich human history that spans more than 11,000 years across 2.2 million acres. Thus far, it also contains over 1,800 archaeological sites. From Paleo-Indian Clovis Culture through the 20th century, these cultural sites help tell the stories of people and their connections to the park–as their home, hunting grounds, gathering places, transportation routes, and for recreating. Environmental changes, notably wildfires, melting perennial ice patches, flooding and erosion have destroyed many intact cultural deposits.

Horton is the Yellowstone NP, Park Archaeologist. She came to this position after serving as an archaeologist for Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for the previous seven years, where she also assisted other national parks throughout the Pacific West. Since 1996 she has worked as a professional archaeologist in cultural resources management for State and Federal agencies and as an instructor for Washington State University at Pullman and Vancouver. She has undertaken research and fieldwork in California, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Oregon, Texas,Washington, and Wyoming, as well as the United Kingdom and Italy. Her major research interests include spatial/landscape archaeology, impacts of climate change, western military archaeology, public archaeology, dietary analyses, gender studies, semiotics, and material culture studies. Throughout her work, she emphasizes the importance of involving the public in resource stewardship.

OAS Lecture Series 2017-2018

September 5, 2017: Dr. Michael Anderson,
Archaeologist, Associate Professor of Classics at San
Francisco State University. Topic: Pompeii’s
development and how urbanism grew in the Roman
October 3, 2017: Dr. Quentin Mackie, Archaeologist,
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of
Victoria, B.C. Topic: Evidence of earliest human
habitation sites off the NW coastline: newest findings
November 7, 2017: Dr. Beth Horton, Archaeologist,
Yellowstone NP.“Fire and Ice: Environmental Change
and Archaeology at Yellowstone National Park”

December 5, 2017: Christopher Dewey, Maritime
archaeologist with Maritime Archaeological Society in
Astoria: Topic: Update on ongoing surveys off the
Oregon coast for sunken ships, including the Beeswax
Wreck Project.
January 2, 2018: Dr. Tom Connolly, University of
Oregon, Eugene: “Archaeology of a Pioneer Family
Cemetery in Western Oregon, 1854-1879.
February 6, 2018: Mini Sharma-Ogle, Archaeologist,
PGE. “Cultural Resource Matters at PGE—Powering
Our Future While Preserving our Past.”
March 6, 2018: Jenny Huang, Archaeologist with
Bureau of Reclamation in Boise, Idaho: “A Place of
Power, A Place of Petroglyphs: Importance of the
Watson Rock Art Site near the Owyhee River.
April 3, 2018: Bill Layman, Columbia River historian,
Wenatchee, WA. Topic: Vantage, Washington rock art
May 1, 2018: Dr. Ken Ames, Portland State University.
“Thirty Years of Household Archaeology at Meier and
Cathlapotle: An Update.”

OAS General Meetings are held at the auditorium at
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
OAS business meetings convene at 7pm,
with the lecture following at approximately 7:45.

The OAS General Meeting and the lecture are free and open to the public.

1945 SE Water Ave.
Portland, OR 97214-3354

OAS Board Meetings convene at 5pm before the general meeting, and OAS members are welcome to attend.
For information,  info@oregonarchaeological.org