Portland Archaeology Events

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OMSI Presents Pompeii: The Exhibition

This new exhibit tells the story of Pompeii before and after the sudden disaster that destroyed the city. Over
150 artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archeological Museum
are on display, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, life-like statues,
and precious personal objects. An immersive 4D eruption theater allows
guests to experience the eruption itself. The
exhibition concludes with one of the largest
collections of authentic body casts ever presented,
each telling its own unique story frozen in

The exhibit runs from June 24 to October 22.
Information about this exhibit can be found at the OMSI website here>>


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The AIA free public lecture series at Reed College is starting up again for the fall season.
Visit their website here for the complete schedule.

First lecture in the series is October 5.

Manton Lecture -After the Collapse: Crete in the Early Iron Age (Leslie Preston Day, Wabash College)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:00pm, Performing Arts Building (PAB) 320

Abstract: The twelfth century BCE saw the final collapse of many of the high civilizations of the Bronze Age in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Palestine, and Syria, and the near destruction of Egypt by the Sea Peoples. After the fall of these interconnected kingdoms new people moved into some of the areas (for example, the Philistines in Palestine), while other places experienced a shift in the location of settlements and a decline in population and high culture. On the island of Crete, which had been controlled by palatial centers for over 700 years, the palace sites were mostly abandoned, and people moved up into defensible mountain locations. Who were these people, and why did they move into new areas? An examination of excavated twelfth-century sites, particularly Karphi, Kavousi, and the Isthmus area in eastern Crete, provides information about the dynamics of this population shift and reveals much about the political, social, and economic life of the period, as well as the religious beliefs of the inhabitants. Some features of the Bronze Age civilizations survived, while new elements crept in that eventually led to the rise of the Greek city-state.


Portland State University Department of Anthropology presents their annual First Thursday lecture series:

  All talks begin at 4:00 pm; building/room locations vary.   

October 5. Martin Adams will present “Of Lice and Men: An Overview of Recent Archaeoentomological Projects in the Pacific Northwest,” in Cramer 41.

November 2. Pat Lubinski (Central Washington University) will present on excavation and current research of the Wenas Creek Mammonth in Washington State. Location: TBA

December 7. David T.G. Clinnick (Durham University) will present “The First East-West Dichotomy: a Reconsideration of the Southeast Asian Lower Paleolithic.” Location: TBA

January 11. Mike Cannon (SWCA). Title and location: TBA. Note: second Thursday in January, given academic schedule.

February 1. Collin Grier (Washington State University) will present: “The Battle for Lamalchi Bay: Combining Household Archaeology, Near Surface Geophysics, Historic Records, and Collaborative Archaeology at a Gulf Islands Plankhouse Village in Coastal British Columbia.” Location: TBA


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