General Meetings:  Bimonthly meetings for members and visitors are held on the 3rd Thursday of alternate months from September through May. Meetings are meant to be both educational and entertaining and give opportunities for people with common interests to get acquainted. Due to COVID-related closures, all meetings will be held via Zoom Video Conference until further notice.

Upcoming Presentations

    • 16 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Click HERE to register for the Zoom presentation.


    Katelyn McDonough

    Department of Anthropology

    University of Oregon

    Abstract:  Archaeology field schools are one of the primary ways that prospective professionals gain hands-on experience and training in archaeological field and lab methods to pursue a career in archaeology. The University of Oregon Archaeological Field School program, offered through the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, has trained ~700 students over the last four decades while simultaneously conducting impactful research into the human experience in the northern Great Basin during the last 14,000+ years. In addition to instruction in excavation, survey, and mapping, the field school introduces students to research design, cutting-edge methodologies, and cultural heritage management so they understand the intricacies of the project and are prepared to seek professional employment upon completion of the course. This talk provides an overview of the field school program, with updates from recent fieldwork and an emphasis on opportunities for students.

    Bio:  Katelyn McDonough is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Archaeology Field School at the University of Oregon. She is an environmental archaeologist interested in long-term relationships between people, foodways, and landscapes. Much of her ongoing research focuses on people’s interactions with plants and changing environments during and since the late Pleistocene in North America.

    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM (UTC)
    • OSU-Cascades Obsidian Hall Room 207 and Zoom

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    Abstract: Archaeological excavations conducted at the Cooper's Ferry site in western Idaho revealed a collection of stemmed projectile points in two pit features. Animal bone found along with the points was radiocarbon dated to ~15,785 calibrated years before present, while another fragmentary stemmed point found outside and deeper than these pits indicates even earlier human occupation at the site. These discoveries push the timing of projectile point technology back almost 3,000 years earlier than the Clovis Paleoindian Tradition and show us interesting perspectives on early technological designs used by the First Americans. In this presentation, we will discuss these findings and talk about what they tell us about the earliest human inhabitants of the Americas. 

    • 6 Apr 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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    Abstract: It is estimated that in prehistoric societies children comprised at least forty to sixty-five percent of the population, yet by default, our ancestral landscapes are peopled by adults who hunt, gather, fish, and make stone tools and art. But these adults were also parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles  who had to make space physically, emotionally, intellectually, and cognitively for the infants, children and adolescents around them. The economic, social, and political roles of Ice Age children are often understudied because they are assumed to be unknowable or negligible. Drawing on the most recent data from the cognitive sciences and from the ethnographic, fossil, archaeological, and primate records, this talk challenges these assumptions. By rendering the “invisible” children visible, a new understanding will be gained not only of the contributions that children have made to the biological and cultural entities we are today but also of the Ice Age as a whole.

    Bio: Dr. April Nowell is a Paleolithic archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. She directs an international team of scientists in the study of Lower and Middle Paleolithic sites in Jordan and collaborates with colleagues on the study of Ice Age rock art in Australia and France and on ostrich eggshell beads in South Africa. In 2016, she and her colleagues working in Jordan published the world's oldest identifiable blood on stone tools showing that 250,000 years ago Middle Pleistocene hominins ate everything from ducks to rhinos. This research was   named one of Time Magazine’s top 100 discoveries. She is known for her publications on cognitive archaeology, Paleolithic art, the archaeology of children and the relationship between science, pop culture and the media. Her co-edited volumes include Stone Tools and the Evolution of Human Cognition, the Archaeology of Night: Life After Dark in the Ancient World and the forthcoming Culturing the Body: Prehistoric Perspectives on Identity and Sociality. She is also the author of the new book Growing Up in the Ice Age: Fossil and Archaeological Evidence of the Lived lives of Plio-Pleistocene Children.  Watch her TEDx "Paleoporn" here: 

    • 2 May 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Cascade Swim Center conference room, 465 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond, OR 97756

    The Archaeological Society of Central Oregon invites you to explore the topic of petroglyphs and pictographs, the ancient images found on rocks.

    Together, we will:

    • See and analyze remarkable images from the past.
    • Learn the difference between petroglyphs and pictographs.
    • Ponder the meaning of the images.
    • Understand this fragile cultural resource needs to be protected.
    • Take away a sense of wonder and appreciation of our past


Past Presentations

19 Jan 2023 12,600 Years of Perishable Technologies at Cougar Mountain Cave, Oregon by Richie Rosencrance
8 Dec 2022 Archaeology and the Human Experience at the Paisley Caves in the Northern Great Basin & General Meeting
20 Oct 2022 Water and Wind: Paleoenvironmental and Archaeological Correlations at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter
22 Sep 2022 Evidence of Humans in North America during the Last Glacial Maximum
30 Jun 2022 Waldo Lake History, Precontact to Present Times
12 May 2022 The Dam Fiasco at Bull Flat
21 Apr 2022 Getting Blood From a Stone: Excavations at a Paleolithic Oasis in Jordan by Dr. April Nowell
17 Mar 2022 Wenas Creek Mammoth Dig by Patrick Lubinski
17 Feb 2022 15,000 Years of Great Basin Archaeology by Dennis Jenkins
3 Feb 2022 Oregon Historical Society presents: Centering Chinese History in Oregon: A panel discussion
13 Jan 2022 Connley Caves Talk by Katelyn Mcdonough
9 Dec 2021 Prehistoric Bison Hunters of the Northern Great Basin by Scott Thomas
14 Oct 2021 Archaeology of the Portland Area by Virginia Butler
30 Sep 2021 All Member Meeting
29 Apr 2021 April Presentation: Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project and gold mining in the John Day area by Donn Hann
18 Mar 2021 March Presentation: Tribal member and Archaeologist Dr. Robert David educates us on Shamanism and myths from a Modoc petroglyph site
18 Feb 2021 February Presentation: Dr. Loren G. Davis on Cooper's Ferry Site in Idaho
21 Jan 2021 January Presentation: Paul Claeyssens on How Archaeological Work is Effected by Wildfire
10 Dec 2020 December Presentation: Dr. Virginia L. Butler on The Ciwicen Village Site in Port Angeles, WA
19 Nov 2020 November Presentation: Dr. Michel Waller provides insights into our human evolution ​by examining tool-use in different species
17 Sep 2020 September Presentation: Dr. Dennis Jenkins on his latest findings from ​15,000-year-old sites in the Oregon High Desert
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