Archaeology Training

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OAS Basic Training, also known as Archaeology for the Curious, is an annual program taught by experienced regional professionals from organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and the University of Oregon. The sessions are typically held on six Saturdays in late winter at the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus.

If you looking to learn more about archaeology basics, or need a refresher on the history of the Pacific Northwest, this is a great introductory program. Completing the OAS Basic Training program will allow you to have access to volunteer field work opportunities with professional archaeologists, including the University of Oregon field school and excavations and lab work at Fort Vancouver.
Topics for the first two sessions include archaeology basics as well as information on artifacts, laws and ethics, Northwest archaeology and rock art, site stewardship and volunteering. The four additional training sessions cover field excavation, laboratory methods, site mapping, cataloging and compass reading. The program is a great way to network with other archaeology lovers and to learn how you can get involved in the field. Please reserve your space early.
The entire six-session package is $95 which includes a one-year OAS membership,
or $65 for current OAS members.

Check back in December for class dates in 2019.

Download registration forms here:



If you are joining OAS and enrolling in classes, please mail both applications to the address on the training application.

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