15 Years of the Oregon Archaeology Celebration Here at Smith Rock


October 6, 2017

Today kicks off 15 years of the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series here at Smith Rock State Park, and the line-up will not disappoint. In exchange for your $5 parking pass, you get four evenings of fascinating information from some of the region's most renowned scientists in their fields. 

Come for a hike and stay for the free lectures each Friday night in October from 7:00-8:30 PM. Learn about the latest advances in cultural knowledge and scientific techniques being made throughout the field of anthropology. 


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The following Friday evening presentations are scheduled from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm at the Welcome Center yurt and will include a question and answer period.

Oct. 6: David L. Minnick & David A. Kaiser:
"A Tale of Two Sites: A Comparison of Two Columbia River Rock Art Locations."

Oct. 13: Rory Becker, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Eastern Oregon University:
"Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology."

Oct. 20: Erin Woodard, BLM Staff Archaeologist, Prineville District:
"Challenges and Solutions to Preserving Rock Art in Central Oregon."

Oct. 27: Wilson Wewa, Northern Paiute Historian, Warm Springs Tribe
"Archaeological Preservation Issues Along the Owyhee River." 


Here's a video to learn more about Wilson Wewa:


The OAC program was established in 1993. Then Governor Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

While the talks are free and open to the public, you still need to pay the day-use fee of $5.