Field Trips: Field trips give members opportunities to experience specific aspects of archaeology such as visiting important field sites or museums. You must be a member in good standing to participate in field trips and sign a release waiver

Field Projects: Field projects are often conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. The projects allow members to work with professionals on historic preservation projects such as archaeological excavations and surveys, rock art recording, and historic structure reconstruction.

Upcoming Field Trips

    • 9 Jul 2024
    • 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Walmart - Bend Oregon
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Connley Cave Rock Shelter

    University of Oregon Archaeological Field School

    Date: July 9, 2024

    Registration opens Thursday June 27th

    Trip Posting

    Connley Cave is located south of Fort Rock; about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Bend. We will meet Katelyn McDonough, Geoffrey Smith, Richie Rosencrance, and Dennis Jenkins and the University of Oregon students where they will be working. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about this important site and get an update on the current work. This will be an all-day trip. It is bound to be hot with plenty of sun, some walking over uneven ground, and a slim possibility of rattlers. You will want adequate water and a sack lunch. The trip is limited to 15 people.

    Recent Presentations:

            Connley Caves by Katelyn McDonough

            15,000 Years of Great Basin Archaeology by Dennis Jenkins

             Information on the Univ. of Oregon Archaeology Field School

    Trip Itinerary

    - 8:00 AM - Gather at southwest corner of Walmart parking lot in Bend to check-in

    - 8:15 AM - Depart for Fort Rock State Park (rest rooms) - 66 miles

    - 9:30 AMDepart Fort Rock State Park for Connley Cave. This portion of the trip will travel about 10 miles of well-graded, but dusty, gravel road followed by 1 1/2 miles on a dirt road to the Cave. They are usually quite passable with anything but a low- clearance car. 

    ~10:00 AM - Connley Cave visit

    - Tailgate lunch with students

    ~ 1:00 PM - Start drive back to Bend

    ~ 3:00 PM - return to bend

    Car pooling from the gathering at Walmart, is optional; if you do, please consider contributing for gas. High clearance cars and 4x4’s are not needed but we will be traveling on gravel/dirt roads. We will get dusty.


    • Water (lots), snacks, lunch
    • Hat, umbrella for shade, and sunscreen

    Field trip coordinator: Bob TImmer (

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