Portland State’s Archaeology Roadshow seeks volunteers for June 2016 event

Portland State University’s 2015 Archaeology Roadshow focused on the archaeology of food, including traditional fare, prehistoric diets, mead and beer. This year’s event will again let visitors explore the history of the Pacific Northwest and learn about protection of the region’s cultural heritage through educational booths, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Video credit: Brian Crabtree/YouTube


Attention archaeology fanatics! Portland State University needs your help.

PSU’s anthropology department is seeking volunteers to help with various aspects of its annual Archaeology Roadshow, coming up this year on June 4.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up the day before the event, June 3, and with activities the day of the show, including greeting and counting guests, staffing booths and relieving exhibitors for breaks, selling raffle tickets, and breaking things down afterward.

Exhibitors also need help, including folks with excavation experience to help run excavations and volunteers to assist with atlatl throws.

Assistants also are needed to host an archaeology booth at the Portland Farmers Market on a few Saturdays prior to June 4 to spread the word about the event, which will carry an “Archaeology of Dwellings” theme.

Dwellings of archaeological interest can range from semi-subterranean pit houses to historic Portland bungalows, and the goal of the roadshow is to showcase local history and prehistory to nurture the public’s fascination with archaeology and to encourage stewardship of archaeological sites.

This year (2016) will mark the fifth outing for the roadshow, which is a public outreach event that grew out of PSU archaeologist Virginia Butler’s Public Archaeology class. Today, it includes dozens of community partners from local tribes, state and federal agencies, cultural resource management firms, nonprofits, students and educators. Organizers say it draws more than 800 visitors with 40 exhibits and 160 volunteers.

The event is free and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in PSU’s Hoffman Hall, 1833 S.W. 11th Ave.

For volunteer registration or more information, go to the event’s webpage.

To get a sense of what to expect at the event, check out the video from the 2015 Archaeology Roadshow at the top of this post.

Susannah L. Bodman
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