Public Archaeology Class Gallery


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Each year, students in the Public Archaeology course (ANTH 460) review ways archaeology contributes to the modern world as a science and a humanity through addressing issues such as community heritage, social justice, and conservation biology.  Their assignment is to develop a project that shares the benefits of archaeology with the public. These projects are often part of the annual Archaeology Roadshow.

Just weeks before the start of the Spring 2020 term, the PSU campus closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we were thrust into a virtual world. The impact has affected every aspect of our lives. Everyone involved in ANTH 460 has had to rethink how to share projects without the benefit of the Archaeology Roadshow’s three events, which are host to thousands of visitors each year. Students were challenged with creating a project that is fully online, yet engages the public. They chose to create a blog describing the projects in their words.

“I invite you to read their blogs and consider the connections they’ve forged – between the past, the present and the future.  Think about and respond to their questions and ask your own.” 
-Virginia Butler, Professor and Dept Chair

Spring 2020 Public Archaeology Class Gallery Blog



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Caveman Confidential

A few weeks ago, Adjunct Professor Melanie Chang did an interview for a podcast called “Every Little Thing” that basically answers random questions that people have. During the episode, she took questions about the “caveman” stereotype and whether it’s rooted in scientific fact or science fiction. The broadcast is now live on Spotify:



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Practicing Anthropology (Anth 345)

During the Spring 2020 term, the Anthropology Department is again offering the course  Practicing Anthropology.  Dr. Jeremy Spoon has put together a list of speakers who have taken their  anthropology or archaeology degrees and gone out into the world in diverse directions. Each week, they focus on different fields. This week is city, state, and federal agencies. See the website for a full list of speakers:

Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm in Cramer Hall 71. Everyone is welcome to attend!

PA Instagram Post Feb 4-6

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PSU Day of Giving

This year, PSU Anthropology is celebrating Giving Tuesday by joining in the PSU Day of Giving.

We are asking for donations to support summer experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students. Feedback from students tells us that summer research opportunities—in the form of field schools (for archaeology, bio and cultural anthropology) or travel for internships to work in museums or non-profit organizations—can truly be “life changing.”

Please consider making a donation of any amount ($5, $10, $50 or more!) towards our summer scholarship fund. We want to send as many of our students as possible to  practice their anthropology out in the world. Your support will make a big difference in the lives of our students!

Anthropology Day of Giving Page

The featured photo is Shannon Hoke, recipient of the 2019 Daniel Scheans Scholarship, who used her scholarship to participate in an archaeological field school in Bulgaria.




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Dec 2019: Archaeology First Thursday

Join us on Thursday, December 5, for a talk by Yoli Ngandali, University of Washington, on Revealing Rock Art: New Approaches to Ground Stone Analysis Using Multispectral Imaging Techniques. 4pm in Cramer 41.

December 2019 First Thursday


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Nov 2019: Archaeology First Thursday

It’s that time again! Join us and our co-hosts from Sigma Xi on November 7 for a talk by Dr. Natalie Munro of the University of Connecticut.

4 p.m. in Cramer Hall Room 41 (1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR)

November 2019 First Thursday Flyer

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Doug Wilson featured in OPB Documentary

An OPB documentary, Ft. Vancouver: A Historic Trade Post of the Pacific Northwest, features Dr. Doug Wilson. Doug is a a National Park Service archaeologist and a PSU Anthropology faculty member.

Read more and watch the video here

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Harney County Archaeology Roadshow & Cultural Crawl—June 29, 2019

The Archaeology Roadshow is going “on the road” again.  The final Roadshow of 2019 will be in Burns/Hines on June 29, 2019 from 10 am-3 pm at the Hines City Park. Our event is being held along with the Cultural Crawl—a celebration honoring local craft and the arts, funded by the Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural trust. Together, the Roadshow and Cultural Crawl are a great opportunity to support heritage and local craft. There will be a panel of experts to identify any artifacts visitors bring to the event.

This event is free and open to all.

For more info, see the FB event page.


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Roadshow Featured in Bend, OR News


2019 marks the first Archaeology Roadshow held in Bend, OR.  On Saturday, June 8, the local newspaper and TV/radio station were there to cover it. Click the links below to listen to/read more.

Archaeological roadshow offers insight to personal artifacts
Bend Bulletin, June 8


The Archaeology Roadshow has one more stop in 2019: Harney County Cultural Crawl & Archaeology Roadshow Sat. June 29, 10 am-3 pm, Hines City Park, Hines, OR


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Archaeology on the Radio


archaeology roadshow pt 5

Last week, Virginia Butler, Anthropology department chair and professor, spoke with Jefferson Public Radio about the Archaeology Roadshow 2019.

Underground History: Archaeology Hits The Road

The 8th Annual Archaeology Roadshow on the Portland State University campus took place on June 1, but you still have an opportunity to visit Roadshows in Central Oregon (Bend) and Harney County (Burns/Hines) later this June. Check out our web site for details!



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