2013 Public Archaeology Field School

2012 Field School
Excavations in the Village during the 2012 Public Archaeology Field School


Exploring the Northwest's Colonial Fort Vancouver:

The Public Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Tuesday - Saturday, June 18 - August 3, 2013

Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the National Park Service are pleased to announce a field school in historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The program will introduce the method and theory of fieldwork in historical archaeology. Students will participate in all aspects of field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts. This year's project will develop, test, and evaluate the use of digital recording using tablet computers to assist in recording of endangered gravestones and dig sites. The season includes lectures by guest speakers and staff.

The National Park Service and its partners are committed to sharing cultural resources and preservation values with the public. On a rotating basis, students will discuss the field school activities with visitors, including interpreting the significance of the site and the educational purposes of the project.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an unparalleled archaeological laboratory, comprising the remains of Fort Vancouver, the ca. 1825-1860 regional headquarters and supply depot for the Hudson's Bay Company, and Vancouver Barracks, the first (ca. 1849-2010) permanent U.S. Army post in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2013 Public Archaeology Field School will continue a multi-year exploration of the multicultural Village ("Kanaka Village"), the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest, ca. 1829-1845. Residents included Native Hawaiians, the Métis, and people of many different American Indian tribes. Later, the village was the site of the Quartermaster's Depot, part of the World War I Spruce Mill, which cut aviation-grade spruce for America's war effort, and a barracks and training compound for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The 2013 field school will explore these sites and continue to collect data on the Old City Cemetery (45CL887), one of the oldest cemeteries in the City of Vancouver, Washington. The cemetery has suffered from repeated vandalism and this project is collecting baseline information on headstone condition, and their styles, decorations, and inscriptions to help in its future preservation. The field school will provide a unique research context to deploy mobile information technology in a variety of field situations while providing a means to expand use of mobile devices in heritage preservation.


Course Registration Information

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Portland State University

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Washington State University - Vancouver

Anthropology 454

SIX advanced undergraduate credits

Anthropology 300

SIX undergraduate credits

Anthropology 554

SIX graduate credits

Anthropology 500

SIX graduate credits


Portland State University

Dr. Douglas Wilson, (360) 921-5241

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Washington State University - Vancouver

Dr. Steve Weber, (360) 546-9734


Contact Dr. Weber for cost options

2013 Fort Vancouver Field School Application Form

To apply for this year's field school, download and complete the above application and email to: e-mail us, or print and fill out by hand and mail to Doug Wilson, C/O Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.

For early notification, please submit application by April 5, 2013.

Notification of early applications will be by April 12, 2013.

Applications are due no later than May 3, 2013.

2012 Field School
Excavations in the Village during the 2012 Public Archaeology Field School


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