Exploring the Roots of Diversity in the Far Northwest: The Public Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 14 - July 30, 2011
The 2011 Public Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver continued the 2010 research on land use in the Village. Nineteen students from around the country learned valuable skills in the areas of excavation, survey, laboratory work, and interpretation over the course of seven weeks. Under the direction of National Park Service Archaeologist Dr. Douglas Wilson, excavation took place in Fort Vancouver's multicultural employee Village located to the west of the fort Stockade. For many students, the school was their first experience in the field and a vital step toward becoming an archaeologist.
While learning archaeological methods, the students' work added to the over 50 years of archaeology in the Village. Archaeology is an important research method for understanding life in the Village because most Village occupants were illiterate, leaving few written accounts of their experiences. The research goal for the 2011 Field School was to continue the exploration of how Village residents utilized the landscape around their houses. This included the use of outbuildings, activity areas, and land for gardening and raising livestock.