Helpful Links

Teachers: many of the resources offered by the agencies listed below are available to teachers free of charge and may include lesson plans, or other hands-on materials for classroom use. We have included some additional links for Educators here


Oregon State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO).  Numerous links to management of cultural resources, state laws pertaining to archaeological, historical and architectural sites, archaeological and cultural resources site reports and other topics.

Oregon Department of Transportation’s cultural resources program. Provides information on laws and regulations and links to many other archaeological resources including teaching materials and historical data. A very useful on-line resource for educators.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept Archaeological Services provides access to technical forms and State archaeological databases.

Oregon/Washington BLM

University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Oregon Historical Society

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum  (The Dalles)

Center for Columbia River History

Maritime Archaeological Society

CultureWatch Northwest presents news and information of interest to everyone concerned with history, archaeology, and cultural heritage…CWNW is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the historic and prehistoric cultural resources of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

The Archaeological Society of Central Oregon (ASCO) is a group of amateur, avocational and professional archaeologists who share common interests in the history and prehistory of Central Oregon.

Oregon History Project

National Register of Historic Places – Oregon listings

Bureau of Indian Affairs–Oregon Tribes contact information 

University of Oregon Department of Anthropology 

Oregon State University (OSU) Department of Anthropology

Portland State University Department of Anthropology

Large Oregon rock art photo collection and information site put together by LeeAnn Johnston and D. Russel Micnhimer.

Willamette Falls Legacy Project:
Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition:

Washington State Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

Washington State Department of Transportation Cultural Resources

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, part of the National Park Service. Provides good detailed information on all aspects of this site, including the Kids digs archaeology program.

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, WA.

The Burke Museum at the University of Washington

Did you know there is a Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse not far from Portland? Learn about the Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project public tours, events, and volunteer opportunities by visiting the plankhouse website here: 

Or at the Friends of the Plankhouse here:

And at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge site

Washington Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs


National/International websites

The Society of American Archaeology (SAA.) An excellent resource for educators. They offer a teachers guide and other educational resources.

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA)

The American Rock Art Research Association 

National Association of State Archaeologists

Bradshaw Foundation–images of rock from around the world, and updates on the latest research


Volunteer Opportunities, Field Work, Archaeological Societies and Organizations
Passport in Time, the US Department of the Interior, Forest Service volunteer archaeology program. Click on the Current Projects tab to access the latest Forest Service archaeological volunteer opportunities.

Shovelbums: Find up-to-date lists of volunteer, field school, and paid field opportunities from all over the world that are open to U.S. citizens.

Field schools, volunteer opportunities, educational resources


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