15th Annual Archaeology Series Slated for Smith Rock State Park


Smith Rock State Park will host its 15th annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series in October. The Friday evening presentations will all take place at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. The free talks are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

“We are very pleased with the success and longevity of this annual event,” said Paul Patton, Mountain Region resource specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department(OPRD). “Smith Rock’s OAC presentation series is dynamic and relevant to the advances in cultural knowledge and scientific techniques being made throughout the field of anthropology. Bringing this information to the public’s awareness in an enjoyable and accessible forum is our primary goal.”


October 6: David L. Minick and David A. Kaiser of the Oregon Archaeological Society present–“A Tale of Two Sites: A Comparison of Two Columbia River Rock Art Locations”

October 13: Rory Becker, associate professor of anthropology from Eastern Oregon University presents–“Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology”

October 20: Erin Woodard, Bureau of Land Management staff archaeologist of the Prineville District presents–“Challenges and Solutions to Preserving Rock Art in Central Oregon”

October 27: Wilson Wewa, Northern Paiute historian and Warm Springs Tribal member presents–“Archaeological Preservation Issues Along the Owyhee River”

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon’s archaeology, cultural heritage, and history.

Smith Rock State Park is located off U.S. 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.


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