Instructor: Dr. Loren Davis

The 2021 OSU Archaeology Field School is heading to the beautiful Oregon coast!  Join our expedition to learn archaeology field methods and to help uncover evidence about early coastal peoples. Field School students will learn a range of archaeology field methods and concepts as they help to excavate the Devils Kitchen site, located on Oregon’s southern coast near the town of Bandon. Overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, this site holds a fascinating record of the past 13,000 years. Our expedition will seek to learn how long people lived at the site, what their past lives were like, and how their local coastal environments changed over time. As a part of this course, students will also learn geoarchaeology field methods and archaeology laboratory procedures in a stunning outdoor classroom setting. Students and staff will camp at Bullards Beach State Park, which is a short walk from beautiful beach and estuary areas. Download an application form here.

Students will learn:

  • map reading and landform interpretation
  • site mapping techniques
  • site formation processes and records
  • controlled excavation and recovery of artifacts in context under a range of situations
  • note taking and observation
  • excavation level documentation
  • stratigraphic description
  • basic laboratory curation
  • constructing an artifact catalog
  • project management

Students can earn undergraduate credits (12) by enrolling in ANTH 438 or graduate level credits (9) by enrolling in ANTH 538. This course has no prerequisites, and all OSU and non-OSU students are able to apply.

Visit the OSU Archaeology Field School webpage at https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/field-schools or contact Dr. Loren Davis for additional information.


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