Field Schools


The Public Archaeology Field School At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the National Park Service are pleased to offer an annual field school in historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The program introduces the method and theory of fieldwork in historical archaeology. Students participate in all aspects of field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an unparalleled archaeological laboratory, comprising the remains of Fort Vancouver, the ca.1825-1860 regional headquarters and supply depot for the Hudson's Bay Company, and Vancouver Barracks, the first (ca. 1849-2010) permanent U.S. Army post in the Pacific Northwest.

In 2017, the participants worked at Fort Vancouver on the WWI Spruce Mill, an 1880s sink tied to barracks in the East Barracks, and on the waterfront (survey).

The Summer 2020 field school has been canceled due to Covid-19 concerns. 

For Field School Registration, please check back in 2021

Visit the Fort Vancouver website or our 2020 Fort Vancouver Field School page for more information. 

Portland State University
Dr. Douglas Wilson (360) 921-5241


Washington State University - Vancouver
Dr. Colin Grier









A partnership with the Lemur Conservation Foundation expands primatology and primate conservation as research and training enterprises through a field methods course taught at the Foundation's Reserve. The program is seeding the discipline with new talent, training students for the rigors and rewards of studying primates in the wild and contributing to their conservation. At a time when biodiversity loss is proceeding at a stupendous rate, the need to promote fieldwork in primatology has never been greater. There are forty-two graduates of the field school to date, many of them now entering the profession - as interns at the Reserve, as field assistants in primate source countries, and as Ph.D. students (in biological anthropology or related fields).

Learn more or sign up for the Primatology Field School.