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PSU’s Archaeology Roadshow Hits the Road!

May 25, 2017

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A challenge exists in the field of archaeology with finding effective ways to connect the public with archaeology and heritage. This is the central goal of Portland State University’s Public Archaeology class. In 2012 students in this class researched ways to engage the public and decided to host an event with artifact identification, demonstrations, and hands-on activities created by students and community partners from the Portland area. Thus, the Archaeology Roadshow was born!

Since 2012 the event has increased in size and has attracted more partner organizations to help connect the public to Oregon’s heritage through archaeology. The show expands even more this year by adding an additional show in Harney County (Burns/Hines). Funding was received from the Oregon Heritage Commission with the goals of developing a prototype “satellite” Roadshow in a different region of the state in addition to the usual Portland Roadshow. The idea is to celebrate and showcase the archaeology and heritage of more than one community. Hopefully this can be replicated in other communities in the future.

So what will folks see at this year’s Archaeology Roadshows?

  • roadshow2Hands-on archaeology for kids of all ages
  • Exhibits about local archaeology and history projects (including third graders from Portland’s SW Charter School whose exhibit was a smashing success last year!)
  • Tool-making demonstrations
  • A panel of experts to identify your personal artifacts
  • Samples of historic beer!

A main goal of the Archaeology Roadshow is to educate the public on the importance of stewardship and why archaeology and heritage matter. This event also gives archaeology students and professionals practice communicating to the public their research and why it matters and strengthening ties among professional and avocational archaeologists and other community partners.

We hope to see you June 3 in Portland or June 10 in Burns!roadshow3

June 3, 10am-3pm
Portland State University Hoffman Hall NEXT to the Farmers Market
1833 SW 11th Ave, Portland

June 10, 10am-3pm
Hines City Park
SW Cir Dr & W Barnes Ave, Burns

Check out the Roadshow’s of Facebook for photos, videos, and other Pacific NW archaeology related information.

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