OAS Events

Next OAS General Meeting May 1, 2018 7pm at OMSI.

Special guest lecture by Dr. Ken Ames, Portland State University.
“Thirty Years of Household Archaeology at Meier and
Cathlapotle: An Update.”

Households are the fundamental building blocks in many modern and ancient societies. Understanding them provides
important insights into culture, economics, society, and beliefs. They were especially important in the native societies of
the Pacific Northwest, where the first substantial houses appear in the archaeological record about 6500 years ago.
Dr Ames’ excavations at the Meier site near Scappoose, OR and the Cathlapotle Village site, near Ridgefield WA focused on three large,
western red cedar plankhouses dating between about AD 1350 and the early 1800s.

The excavations themselves occurred between 1987 and1996. He has been doing analysis ever since.
The lecture provides a sampling of what has been learned over those 30 years regarding how
very large Chinookan households organized themselves and functioned and how they responded
to and were affected by the fur trade beginning in AD 1792.

Kenneth M. Ames, an archaeologist, is Professor emeritus of Anthropology, Portland State University, and a past-
President of the Society for American Archaeology. He was Chair of the PSU Department of Anthropology from 2002-
2011. He has conducted research on the Lower Columbia since 1987 and has also been involved in a research project in
the Prince Rupert Harbour region of northern British Columbia since 2010.
He is senior author, with Herbert Maschner, of Peoples of the Northwest Coast, Their Archaeology and Prehistory (1999)
(which was recently translated into Japanese), co-editor with Elizabeth Sobel
and Ann T Gahr of Household Archaeology on the Northwest Coast(2006) and
Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia River (2013)with Robert Boyd and Tony Johnson.
He has published in American Antiquity, Antiquity, Canadian Journal of Archaeology,
Journal of Archaeological Science, Evolutionary Anthropology, Journal of Field
Archaeology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and
Journal of Social Archaeology among other venues.


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