Reknown Archaeologist Speaks on the Connley Caves Excavation

The oldest directly dated human remains in the Americas were recovered by University of Oregon’s own Dennis Jenkins, PhD./Archaeologist in Paisley. Now Dr.Jenkins is presenting his latest investigations from this past summer in the Connley Caves.

Be sure to catch his talk this Friday, October 16 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Welcome Center yurt. Your $5 parking pass is your admission.

Dr. Jenkins at Paisley Cave with bison bone. Photo courtesy of Dennis Jenkins.
Dr. Jenkins at Paisley Cave with bison bone. Photo courtesy of Dennis Jenkins.

From his bio at the U of O Archaeological Field School:
Jenkins has authored and co-authored 8 books, 44 chapters, journal articles, reviews, and published papers, 33 major professional reports, and given 62 professional papers and symposia at conferences.

Parking Can Be Found–Here’s a Tip

The 97 removed parking spots along the west side of Crooked River Drive just south of the park entrance sign are making parking tough on these Indian summer days.

If you head toward the RV lot you’ll usually catch the short-termers that snag a quick photo and leave. Same at the far end of the road into the parking area at the Turnaround parking lot.

They’re gone per a Deschutes County resolution citing both safety concerns and road damage issue from cars straddling the edge of the road and the shoulder. The east side has not been open to parking at all, and the county has been pretty tolerant of the overflow parking situation at the park until now.

Learn More About Rock Features

In the second of a five-part series of Smith Rock State Park’s annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration 2015, U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist Stephen Todd Jankowski, M.Sc., sheds some light on the how rock features are classified.

Come to the Welcome Center yurt Friday, October 9 at 7:00 PM for his 1 1/2 hour talk on “Form vs Function: A Classification System for Rock Features.” The presentation includes a question and answer period. They are open to the public and free of charge with a $5 day-use or annual pass required for parking.

Can’t make it this Friday? Check out the upcoming schedule here.

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Pot and the Park

With the brisk sales of marijuana since it became legal to sell October 1 in Bend, we thought we’d republish this piece for those of you that might have missed it.

Smith Rock State Park may be one of the “7 Wonders of Oregon” but you don’t need to wonder where they stand on pot use in the park.

The park is a public place and therefore off limits to using the legal weed where others can see you.

What’s Legal Oregon defines it this way:

Online resource for adventurers to Smith Rock State Park. Detailed information for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, slacklining and horseback riding.