A Celebration of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in our Region and Beyond

The Archaeology Roadshow

The Virtual Archaeology Roadshow - June 2021 - ArchaeologyRoadshow.org

The Archaeology Roadshow is a large-scale public outreach event held on PSU campus and in other communities in Oregon, designed to promote stewardship of Oregon’s heritage and educate adults and children about the value of archaeology to all citizens. The archaeology fair-like experience brings together community organizations (tribes, federal and state agencies, private companies, avocational organizations), and PSU students and faculty who host hands-on activities that relate to heritage, science, and Indigenous history and contemporary tribal interests in our region.  The Roadshow grew out of a 2012 Public Archaeology class project that took place in Cramer Hall and attracted 180 visitors.  We have since grown in many ways --  including providing support to partners in Harney County and Bend to host Roadshow events in their communities.  We hope to expand to other communities in the future.  

The Archaeology Roadshow has many layers of benefits. The public learns more about our region’s rich and complex human past and its connections to us today. Visitors also learn about the range of organizations that are engaged in archaeology and heritage activities -- and why this work truly matters to us all.  Participating college students learn about the importance of public engagement through creating an exhibit of their own.  The Roadshow also provides an opportunity for organizations to address their own public outreach goals and at the same time, forges connections among individuals and organizations in our state who are passionate about heritage, site stewardship and public education.  


What will the Archaeology Roadshow of  2021 look like?
Because of the pandemic, we will not be able to host live events this year.  Instead, Roadshow 2021 is going virtual!  We will be creating a new website which features real time presentations and static content including:

--A gallery of “exhibits,” hosted by organizations, to share recent projects with the public.  Visitors will be able to view these short videos, blogs, activities for children, and other content, at any time.   

--Live lectures and panel discussions on a range of topics throughout June. These will be recorded for viewing at any time.  

--A dynamic map featuring archaeological and cultural heritage -- where  the public can visit to learn more about our region’s rich heritage.

--An Expert panel where visitors can log in to talk with an expert about their treasured object.  

Our website will go live on June 1.  

We’ll be updating this page with more information about Roadshow 2021 as we approach the launch.   

If you are a member of the public and wish to get on our email list for updates about events, please contact us:   archshow@pdx.edu

If you are an organization who wishes to host an event in 2021, please:

Note: deadline for registration is March 31. 


Please consider making a donation to the Archaeology Roadshow. Your contribution will help us keep our events free and open to the widest possible audience for years to come!


Portland State University is located in the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Watlala bands of the Chinook, the Tualatin Kalapuya, and other Indigenous peoples of the river known as Wimal, Nchi wana, and Columbia. We are grateful to be guests on these lands.

Archaeology Roadshow