OAS Events

Next OAS General Meeting March 7, 2017

Our special guest speaker will be Jack Brink,
Curator of Archaeology
at the Royal Alberta Museum, Canada, presenting on

“Thundering Herds: The Great Buffalo Jumps of the Northern Plains”

The most productive killing event ever devised by humans was driving large herds of buffalo over cliffs. In a single moment thousands of pounds of meat, fat, bones and hides were obtained. The story of how Indigenous people of the Plains managed to get herds of buffalo to plunge to their death is remarkable in its complexity, ingenuity and danger. Brink will share the story of these great buffalo kills, with a focus on what may be the greatest buffalo jump of all, Head-Smashed-In, in Alberta, Canada.

Jack Brink has been active in archaeology for more than four decades. He has held the Curator position at the Royal Alberta Museum for the past 25 years. His area of interest is the archaeology of the Northern Plains, in particular communal hunting and rock art research. He was a member of the teams that developed the UNESCO World Heritage site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and helped develop the new visitor center at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. He has conducted many years of field research at both Head-Smashed-In and Writing-on-Stone.

Brink has about 60 publications to his name. His 2008 book, Imagining Head-Smashed-In: Aboriginal Buffalo Hunting on the Northern Plains, won a number of awards, including best popular archaeology book from the Society for American Archaeology and the Archaeological Institute of America. He has served as President of both the Plains Anthropological Society and the Canadian Archaeological Association, and he continues to sit as a member of a number of national and international committees and task forces.

Brink’s book, Imagining Head-Smashed-In: Aboriginal Buffalo Hunting on the Northern Plains
will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting.


Oregon Archaeological Society
Lecture Series 2016-2017

Sept. 6, 2016: Dr. John Kelly,
“Mississippian Mound Builder Cultures of the
Mississippi Valley.”

October 4, 2016: Dr. Alison Stenger,
“Woodburn Paleoarchaeology Project.”

November 1, 2016: Dr. Pat O’ Grady,
“The Vital Role of Oregon Archaeological Society in the 2016 Excavations at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter”

December 6, 2016: Dennis Griffin, Oregon SHPO,
“Oregon’s Cultural Resource Management.”

January 3, 2017: Dr. Cameron Smith,
“By Sea, By Snow, By Land, and By Shore: Dispersals
of the Genus Homo.”

February 7, 2017: John Pouley, “Stewardship, Archaeology, and Public Outreach: The Background and Sundry Implications Concerning the First Recorded Biface Cache (35MA375) in the Willamette Valley.”

March 7, 2017: Jack Brink, Royal Alberta Museum,
“Thundering Herds: The Great Buffalo Jumps of the Northern Plains”

April 4, 2017: Rick Minor, “Excavation of the Blue Heron site at Willamette Falls”

May 2, 2017: Bill White, Cultural Resource
Archaeologist, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe,
“Cixwicen Village and Cemetery.”

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