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    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA

2012 Public Archaeology Field School Blog

About This Blog

This blog documents the work done by Fort Vancouver's 2012 Public Archaeology Field School, presented in conjunction with Portland State University and Washington State University Vancouver. This year's field school will continue explorations in Fort Vancouver's multicultural Village. This colonial village was the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest in the 1830s and 1840s. It contained people from around the world and the Pacific Northwest, including Native Hawaiians, Scots, French Canadians, African Americans, the Metis, and people of many different American Indian tribes. The field school will provide a means to recapture the early history of Colonial Fort Vancouver, a place of multiculturalism in the Pacific Northwest, while engaging the modern Portland/Vancouver area in the unique history of their closes National Park site. On a technical note, in order to view new blog posts, you may need to clear your Temporary Internet Files or cache. We hope you enjoy learning about our work in the field!

The Field School at Fort Astoria

August 07, 2012 Posted by: Meagan Huff

The field school finishes at Fort Astoria, also known as Fort George.

 

SP&S boxcar door lock seal found!

July 25, 2012 Posted by: Bob Cromwell

The field school has uncovered a railroad boxcar door lock seal from the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway.

 

This week in the field

July 19, 2012 Posted by: Doug Wilson

Updates from this week in the field.

 

Updates from the field

July 12, 2012 Posted by: Doug Wilson

Photo updates of our field and lab work.

 

Phoenix button found at Little Proulx house site

June 29, 2012 Posted by: Meagan Huff

This week we had our first major find – a phoenix button found on the house site of Little Proulx.

 

Students intent on the dig

June 26, 2012 Posted by: Doug Wilson

A couple of photos as we begin our second week of excavation.

 

Students persevere on a rainy Saturday

June 23, 2012 Posted by: Doug Wilson

Despite the rain, the site opens to the public.

 

Breaking Ground

June 21, 2012 Posted by: Meagan Huff

Today students screened our first buckets of dirt and learned to use the optical level.

 

First Day!

June 19, 2012 Posted by: Doug Wilson

It's the first day of Field School!

 

Excavating William Kaulehelehe's House

June 15, 2012 Posted by: Meagan Huff

Another site that will be excavated this summer is the area where William Kaulehelehe's house once stood.

 

Preparing to Excavate Little Proulx's House

June 11, 2012 Posted by: Meagan Huff

Asphalt is removed from a South Barracks area to prepare for the excavation of a historic Village house.

 

Did You Know?

Image of Spode ceramics from the park's collections

Did you know that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site curates the world’s largest archaeological collection of Spode ceramics? More...