From August 3-28, 2020 Dr. Loren Davis will lead the OSU Archaeology Field School in the excavation of the Silvies Cave site.  Silvies Cave is located in the beautiful Silvies River Valley, north of Burns, Oregon. Previous excavations show that the Silvies Cave site contains an early record of human occupation that includes the discovery of a buried Clovis fluted point and other Western Stemmed Tradition artifacts.

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. In addition to archaeological field skills, students will receive instruction in zooarchaeology and will learn to make and study stone tools.  Anyone can apply to be a part of the 2020 OSU expedition to the Silvies Cave site.  See you in the field!

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