• Image of the reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum looking northeast from the Land Bridge.

    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA

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Archaeology

Dr. Doug Wilson in the Village

National Park Service Archaeologist Dr. Doug Wilson digs deep during a Public Archaeology Field School excavation in Fort Vancouver's Village

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For the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, archaeology and the collections it creates have a special significance. The material culture, both in the site's collection and still in situ, is what remains of the original sites and their inhabitants. The archaeological artifacts and features are often the primary resources for reconstructing and interpreting the site. Vancouver's role in regional history is reflected in the enormity of the archaeological resources here.

To share the "underground" legacy of this site, we have developed a Public Archaeology Program which includes educational opportunities, special tours, and lectures.

We hope these activities help to share the site in a new way, and involve our visitors in the process of learning from, and working to preserve, cultural resources.

To learn more about archaeology at Fort Vancouver, check out our online archaeological reports here.

Learn more about the 2014 Public Archaeology Field School, taking place in the summer of 2014, here!

Learn more about the 2014 Public Archaeology Speaker Series here!

 
A student screens for artifacts during the 2011 Public Archaeology Field School
A student screens for artifacts during the 2011 Public Archaeology Field School
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Did you know that the Pacific Northwest’s first hospital, school, orchard, library, grist mill, saw mill, shipyard, and dairy were all established at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver? Learn more about this by visiting Fort Vancouver National Historic Site! More...