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2014 Archeology Field Schools

2014 Cooper's Ferry Archaeology Field School
Led by Dr. Loren Davis, will be returning to resume excavations at the Cooper's Ferry site in the summer of 2014. The Cooper's Ferry site is located in the beautiful lower Salmon River canyon of western Idaho and contains some of the earliest evidence of humans in the Pacific Northwest. Previous excavations show that the Cooper's Ferry site contains a long record of repeated human occupation, beginning with a Western Stemmed Tradition assemblage associated with radiocarbon dates of 11,370 and 11,410 14C years BP. These dates are controversial and, if true, support arguments that peoples bearing the Clovis tradition were not the first to settle the Far West. Our upcoming work at the site will build upon the exciting information collected already and will seek to address many archaeological questions related to the evolution of technology, economic patterns, and environmental conditions during the late Pleistocene to early Holocene period (ca. 13,000-13,000 cal BP). Ultimately, the OSU excavations at Cooper's Ferry will hopefully contribute critical data to answer many questions about the first peoples of the Pacific Northwest and, by extension, the Americas. Join us this coming summer to learn professional archaeological excavation, recordation, and field curation skills as we seek clues about the first peoples of Far Western North America. Students will also get an introduction to landscape and site-level approaches to geoarchaeological study--perspectives that are important in the search for and study of the First Americans. Apply soon to be a part of the 2014 OSU expedition to the Cooper's Ferry site. Current OSU students and non-OSU students are welcome to apply.

Historical Archaeology Field School
The 2014 Oregon State University Department of Anthropology Historical Archaeology Field School will be held at the 1835-1861 Newell farmstead site located in Champoeg State Heritage Area. The site is located in the central Willamette Valley near Newburg, Oregon. The field school will begin June 23 and end August 8. Camping facilities will be provided near the site in Champoeg State Park. The site is also in easy commute range of Corvallis and a van will be providing daily round trip transportation. Participants will learn state of the art archaeological field techniques ranging from site survey strategies through full-scale excavation techniques. Training in archaeological laboratory techniques and historical materials identification will also be available. At least one early French-Canadian cabin site (1830s) near Champoeg State Heritage Area will also be investigated. You do not have to be an anthropology major or have any prior archaeological experience to participate on the field school. Participants will register for Anth 438 for 12 credit hours for undergraduates and Anth 538 for 9 credit hours for graduate students. If you have questions about the field school or are interested in registering, contact Dr. David Brauner at dbrauner@oregonstate.edu or call 541 737-3855. Applicants will receive more specific information about the summer agenda. Deadline for applications is June 6, 2014.

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