Archaeology Roadshow


Archaeology Roadshow  -- Two Free Events in 2018!  

Portland:  Saturday June 2nd, 10am - 3pm

Harney County (Burns/Hines): Saturday June 9, 10am - 3pm

This year's theme: "Archaeology of Change"

We’re now gearing up for the 2018 events and want to let you know how you might get involved. On Saturday, June 2, 10am - 3pm on Portland State campus next to the Farmers Market, we’re hosting the 7th annual Archaeology Roadshow. With a similar format as in past years, we’re hoping to increase participation of community partners and attract even more visitors, developing activities that encourage adults and children to explore ways heritage enhances our lives and our connections to where we live.

And we’re excited to be going “on the road” again to Harney County in Burns/Hines on June 9, 2018 , 10am - 3pm. We hope to build on our success from last year with more exhibits and exciting hands on activities. We're working with archaeologists, heritage specialists and school groups in Harney County to support their creation of activities that promote heritage on the east side of our fair state. We'll host a panel of experts to identify the artifacts visitors bring to the event.

Our goal is to use our experience developing the satellite Roadshow in Harney County as a model that could be taken to communities across the state in successive years, as we continue to gain knowledge about best practices (both for Portland events and rural communities) and the financial support becomes secure.

Our theme this year is 'the Archaeology of Change.' Fundamentally, archaeologists study the ways people, societies, and environments change through time: within a year, over decades, centuries, or even millennia. Sometimes cultures persist in the face of environmental upheavals or cultural shifts; sometimes they don't. Why in some places and times do once highly-mobile people become sedentary? Why do the food choices people make change or not? Why is change sometimes fast or sometimes gradual? Why do some parts of culture persist (and some parts change)? (Chess is one of our favorite examples... 12th c. chess pieces have been excavated from coastal Scotland!) We can think about change across so many fronts (technology, beliefs and religion, family structure, food) it is mind boggling.

Come join us--either as an exhibitor, a donor, or a volunteer (see forms below). And of course, please just come to one of our events!


Portland OR Archaeology Roadshow
Interested in Exhibiting? Please use the Exhibitor Registration form
Interested in Volunteering? Please use the Volunteer Registration Form Deadline May 17th
Please donate to the Roadshow to keep it free and open to widest audience possible:GiveHaving trouble or have any questions? Please email us at 



Harney County Archaeology Roadshow
Interested in Exhibiting? Please use the Exhibitor Registration form
Interested in Volunteering?  Please use the Volunteer Registration Form
Please donate to the Roadshow to keep it free and open to widest audience possible:
GiveHaving trouble or have any questions? Please email us at 


Questions? Please email us at


To learn more about the event, please watch the video below and visit our Press and Past Events page.

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


  • Volunteer on the day.
    If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer -Coming soon!
  • Make a donation to help keep this event free and open to the widest audience possible.
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  • Come on June 2nd and bring your friends and neighbors.


Scroll down to see directions and a map to the Archaeology Roadshow at PSU



2018 Supporters

This project is funded in part by:


Architectural Heritage Center
Bonneville Power Administration
Gerber Legendary Blades
Mary Rossi  of Eppard Vision
Mary Alice Hostetter
Museum of the Oregon Territory
Oregon Archaeological Society
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office

Rewild Portland
United States Forest Serivce
Washington County Museum


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


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Photograph by Motoya Nakamura courtesy of the Oregonian




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Photograph by Motoya Nakamura courtesy of the Oregonian