• 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

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
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Did You Know?

Artist's representation of the Fort Vancouver village area

Did you know that over 35 ethnic and tribal groups were represented in Fort Vancouver’s fur trade village? Visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to learn more about the people of the fur trade! More...