The 16th Oregon Archaeology Celebration at Smith Rock Starts October 5


October 3, 2018

This Friday, October 5, marks 16 years of the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series here at Smith Rock State Park. Your $5 parking pass each time is the only fee. A small price indeed for four evenings of fascinating information from some of the region's most renowned scientists and cultural experts 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. 


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. 5—Loren G. Davis, Ph.D, professor of anthropology at Oregon State University:
"Forgotten Shores: The Search for Archaeological Evidence of Oregon’s Earliest Coastal Peoples."

Oct. 12—Dr. Patrick O’Grady, staff archaeologist at University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History:
"A Window to the Past: Recent Archaeological and Paleo-environmental  Research at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter."

Oct. 19—Jarold Ramsey, author and professor emeritus at University of Rochester, NY and member of Jefferson County Historical Society:
"In Search of Coyote: Examining the Identity of Native America's Most Provocative Culture Hero."

Oct. 26—Dallas Winishut, Ichishkin language instructor with the Culture and Heritage Department at The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs:
"Ancestral Voices: The Ancient Languages of the Warm Springs Reservation." 

 Dallas Winishut goes over Ishishklin (Wasco) alphabet with Warm Springs K-8 Academy first graders. Photo courtesy of the Portland Tribune.

Dallas Winishut goes over Ishishklin (Wasco) alphabet with Warm Springs K-8 Academy first graders. Photo courtesy of the Portland Tribune.

 Armin Tolentino and Jarold Ramsey photo by Laura Stanfill

Armin Tolentino and Jarold Ramsey photo by Laura Stanfill

 Loren G. Davis, Ph.D, professor of anthropology at Oregon State University

Loren G. Davis, Ph.D, professor of anthropology at Oregon State University

 Dr. Patrick O’Grady, staff archaeologist at University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Dr. Patrick O’Grady, staff archaeologist at University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

 “Coyote Was Going There” by Jarold Ramsey, author and professor emeritus at University of Rochester, NY and member of Jefferson County Historical Society.

“Coyote Was Going There” by Jarold Ramsey, author and professor emeritus at University of Rochester, NY and member of Jefferson County Historical Society.


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.