OSU students are getting their hands dirty this summer as they take part in OSU’s Archeology Field School at Champoeg Park in the Central Willamette Valley. The archeology dig is looking for artifacts from some of the earliest settlers in this area. The Champoeg State Heritage Area was the site of the first locally organized government in the Oregon Territory established in 1843.
Around 26 students are taking part in the Archeology Field School this summer. During this program students will learn archeology field techniques such as survey strategies and full-scale excavation techniques. The group has discovered several artifacts this summer, including the flintlock mechanism from a 19th century rifle, a piece of fine leaded crystal glassware, tobacco pipes adorned with faces, and part of a child’s writing slate and the pencil used with it. Â Based on the artifacts they have found they believe that there was a group of settlers there even earlier then they thought. For more information on their findings check out the video by OPB.
The Archeology Field School is a great opportunity for students to experience history first hand. Past field schools have taken place all over Oregon, including Yamhill and the Lower Salmon River. If you are interested in digging up your own piece of history as a part of the Archeology Field School click here for more information!