Archaeology

A student and a National Park Service archaeologist at an excavation site.
Students work alongside National Park Service archaeologists at Public Archaeology Field Schools at Fort Vancouver NHS.

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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. 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 that includes educational opportunities, special tours, and lectures.

Learn more about archaeology and cultural resources at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site here!

 
Students and a National Park Service archaeologist at an excavation site.

2021 Public Archaeology Field School

Learn more about the 2021 Public Archaeology Field School here!

A small fragment of blue, yellow, and white ceramic.

What If I Find an Artifact?

What should you do if you find an artifact at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site? Find out here

 

Archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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