Archaeology Roadshow 2017 - Portland State University
BLM artifacts on display at the Archaeology Roadshow, June 3, 2017, by Greg Shine, BLM.
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, BLM staff from the State Office, Medford District, and Northwest District participated in the sixth annual Archaeology Roadshow on the Portland State University campus in Portland, Oregon - one of two roadshow events held in 2017.
Kristen Martine, Lisa Rice, Fred Greatorex, and Greg Shine represented BLM at the event, helping connect the 1000+ event attendees to the history and archaeology of public lands in Oregon and Washington.
Keeping with the event’s theme – “The Archaeology of Travel and Trade” – Lisa Rice highlighted historic photographs and artifacts related to the Oregon and California Railroad’s Buck Rock Tunnel and the Siskiyou Trail, relating them to today’s primary north-south travel corridor in the area: U.S. Interstate 5.
Fred Greatorex showcased archaeological investigations at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and shared materials from the BLM’s national education program in archaeology – called Project Archaeology – introducing it attendees.
The Archaeology Roadshow, hosted by universities, tribes, government agencies, private companies and avocational organizations, is a popular outreach opportunity where field experts can share knowledge and passion for humanity’s past with the public.
Consistent with our goal to serve the American family by connecting adults and kids to America’s natural and cultural heritage through public lands, BLM Oregon/Washington continued to take a leadership role in organizing this outreach and partnership event this year.
Kristen Martine, Dave Johnson, and Greg Shine were key members of the core planning committee overseeing these two events in 2017, and Burns District Archaeologist Scott Thomas was the primary event organizer for the first-time event in Hines.