OAS Events

Next OAS General Meeting March 6, 2018 7pm at OMSI.

Our guest speaker will be Jenny Huang, Archaeologist with
Bureau of Reclamation in Boise, Idaho, on “A Place of
Power, A Place of Petroglyphs: Importance of the
Watson Rock Art Site near the Owyhee River.”

Located in a high desert-like setting adjacent to the Owyhee River, the Watson Rock Art Site is peripheral to both the Great Basin and Columbia Plateau regions. The isolation of the site has helped to preserve its integrity, and continuing research is slowly revealing its significance. This extensive site will be discussed in the March 6, 2018 lecture by Jenny Huang titled “A Place of Power, A Place of Petroglyphs: The Watson Rock Art Site, Malheur County, Oregon” sponsored by the Oregon Archaeological Society.

The rock art site was recorded in two separate endeavors almost twenty years apart, the last completed in 2012. The petroglyphs seem to be the primary feature of this site, with more than 1,000 elements scattered across 284 basalt boulder panels.  Limited excavations performed within the site provided evidence that this area began to be utilized in the Middle Archaic (between 4,000 to 1,500 years ago), and was likely visited regularly by Native American groups into the early historic era.

Stylistic and behavioral indications of visitation seem to point to several different cultures, including Columbia Plateau, Great Basin, and possibly Plains.  The small community of Watson was established by Euro-American farmers across the river from the site in 1898 and continued until 1936 when development of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Owyhee Dam and Reservoir flooded the town and fields. The occupants were forced to move away, leaving the rock art site isolated.

Jenny Huang has been studying rock art for more than twenty years in locations such as eastern Oregon, the American Southwest, northern Mexico, and Portugal. She holds a master’s degree in anthropology from Arizona State University, and currently works as an archaeologist for the Bureau of Reclamation in Boise, Idaho. In addition, she has served on the board of the American Rock Art Research Association and is a member of the Chaco Rock Art Reassessment Project in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, located in northwestern New Mexico.

march 2018 lecture

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