Public Archaeology Field School
Each summer, Portland State University, Washington State University-Vancouver, and the National Park Service conduct a field school for college students at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
The two-part program introduces students to the methods and theories of fieldwork in historical archaeology. Students participate in all aspects of field and lab work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts.
The season also includes a lecture series featuring guest speakers and staff.
To learn more about how Fort Vancouver's Public Archaeology Field School engages our community, read 2011 Field School student Jeffrey Marks' dissertation Defining a Unique Model of Public Engagement and Evaluating its Implementation at the 2011 NPS Fort Vancouver Public Archaeology Field School (1,847 KB, PDF File).
For more information on annual field school activities and projects, please click on one of the links below.
Did You Know?
As the fur trade-era depot and headquarters for the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia Department, did you know that over 61,000 animal pelts were shipped from Fort Vancouver to England in 1843 alone? This and many other stories are interpreted at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...