Smith Rock hosts archaeology lectures


Image: The petroglyph at The Cove Palisades

Smith Rock State Park hosts the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series this month. Each Friday 7 – 8:30 p.m. a different speaker will present their lecture at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Audience members have Q&A opportunity with the speaker after each talk.

Scheduled presentations:

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

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

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

October 26:  Dallas Winishut, Ichishkin language instructor with the Culture and Heritage Department at The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, will present “Ancestral Voices: The Ancient Languages of the Warm Springs Reservation.”

Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has created a 2018-2019 archaeology events calendar and poster that lists additional presentations. The poster includes information about Kalapuyan mounds in the Willamette Valley.

Smith Rock State Park is located off U.S. 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. The park has a $5 day-use parking fee. The Welcome Center is ADA accessible.Call 541-923-7551, ext. 21 for more information about the speakers.