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Archaeology Roadshow


We are gearing up for the next Archaeology Roadshow, set for Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at Hoffman Hall Portland State University Campus, 1833 SW 11th Ave. 

This year's theme is the 'Archaeology of Dwellings'. Through interactive exhibits, displays and demonstrations we will explore our heritage as seen through the lens of "dwellings".  Presentations will be hosted by archaeologists and other professionals and community members with local and traditional knowledge from universities, federal and state agencies, tribes, archaeology companies, and non-profit organizations. We will showcase heritage of dwellings in all its forms--drawing on archaeology, knowledge of historic buildings and places, oral traditions and historic documents.  Besides our interactive exhibits, a panel of experts in archaeology, paleontology and geology will be on hand to identify the personal artifacts visitors bring. Stone, bone, woven, plant and historical items are welcome.

 Interested in Exhibiting? Please register Online
Interested in Volunteering? Please register Online
Questions? Please email us at

The 2015 Archaeology Roadshow was a huge success with over 40 exhibits, 160 volunteers, 5 local tribes and countless other community partners.

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The 2015 event brought together community partners including universities, tribes, agencies, companies, historical societies, students and the general public to celebrate and explore archaeology and history, in our own backyard and beyond. This year our exhibits and activities highlighted the "Archaeology of Food".

The event featured:

  • Free samples of native foods and historic beer
  • The opportunity to meet Wes Cowan of History Detectives (OPB-PBS)
  • Hands-on activities and exhibits for kids and adults
  • A panel of experts identified visitors' personal treasures (no financial appraisals given)

Want to know more about the event? Watch this longer video from the 2015 event:

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We invite you to be a part of the Archaeology Roadshow in any of these ways:

Getting to the Archaeology Roadshow:

The Portland Streetcar stops on the Park blocks, Eastbound, at SW Park and Market and Westbound at SW Park and Mill. After disembarking the Streetcar walk south along the park 2-3 blocks and turn right on Harrison at the PSU Library (this area is pedestrian only). Continue along The Walk of Heroines and Hoffman Hall is directly in front of you.

Street parking may be limited due to the nearby Portland Farmers Market. There is PSU garage parking on SW 12th between Market and Montgomery. It is $5 for Saturday parking.  Exit the structure on SW 12th and turn right to walk south on SW 12th. Turn left onto SW Montgomery (this area is pedestrian only). Turn right on SW 11th and the Archaeology Roadshow exhibit area will be directly in front of you.

Google Map of Archaeology Roadshow address

If you have any questions, please contact Lyssia Merrifield,  or Virginia Butler 503.725.3303.


Photograph by Motoya Nakamura courtesy of the Oregonian


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Photograph by Motoya Nakamura courtesy of the Oregonian

This project is funded in part by
the Oregon Heritage Commission
and made possible in part by:


SWCA Environmental Consultants
Rewild Portland
Kendal and Dan McDonald
Friends of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Know Your City
Oregon Historical Society
Southern Oregon University Laboratory Anthropology
Mary Rossi
Daniel and Nancy Stueber
Archaeological Services
Oregon Archaeological Society
Bureau of Land Management
Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc.
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Historical Research Associates
Next Exit History
Applied Archaeological Research
Willamette Cultural Resources Associates
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Yakama Nation Fisheries
Rogue Farms
Paleo Magazine
The National Park Service
The Association of Oregon Archaeologists
Association for Washington Archaeology
The Bureau of Land Management
The International Culinary School
Bonneville Power Administration 


2014 Archaeology Roadshow

The 2014 Archaeology Roadshow was a complete success! We couldn't have done it without a tremendous amount of help from our contributors.

See pictures from the event

This year's event at OMSI boasted more than 500 guests, more than 100 volunteers,  many exciting exhibits including a 3D printer, artifacts from Portland's history, Time Team America, and a mock excavation activity. Guests brought in a variety of mysterious items for local experts to identify. Please stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for updates about Portland State University's 2015 Archaeology Roadshow!

See a video from the event

Read about the 2013 event:

Willamette Weekly's "What is this thing?"

OPB's "Artifacts Wanted"

The Vanguard's "PSU Archaeology Roadshow Attracts Hundreds to OMSI"