Ft. Yamhill Historical Archaeology Field School 2013
July 1 through August 23, 2013
The 2013 Historical Archaeology Field School will be held at Fort Yamhill. The fort was commissioned in 1856 and was closed after the Civil War in 1867. The fort monitored traffic in and out of the Grand Ronde Agency of the Oregon Coastal Indian Reservation and kept the secessionist movement in check during the Civil War. The fort was manned by 2 companies of U.S. infantry and dragoons prior to the Civil War. California and Oregon volunteer infantry units occupied the fort during the war.
Our archaeological work this summer will focus on 3 of the 6 houses on officer’s row. This is a continuation of archaeological work already begun on officer’s row. The students will learn to excavate and map complex architectural features, become familiar with mid-19th Century military material culture, and become familiar with an unwritten chapter of Pacific Northwest history.
The site is located at Fort Yamhill State Heritage Park near the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde, Oregon.
We will also rotate some of the students over to Champoeg State Heritage Park to complete excavations on a circa 1840’s cellar associated with the Robert Newell farmstead excavated by OSU over the past few summers.
We will be working on a Monday through Friday schedule. Transportation to and from Corvallis will be provided on a daily basis and some camping is available at both Heritage Parks.
For more detailed information fill out an application form and submit to Dave Brauner. Dr. Brauner’s E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org