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  • A team of coastal archaeologists uncover new evidence of an ancient human presence on California's Santa Rosa Island. Around the O and the Ventura County Star talk with MNCH director Jon Erlandson about the exciting finds.  
  • Families had an astronomically good time at our eclipse-focused spring family day, and KEZI-9 News, the Register-Guard, and KVAL News joined the fun. 
  • Dennis Jenkins returns to Paisley Caves with an international team of archaeologists and new sampling techniques. Read about it on Around the O
  • Research by MNCH archaeologist Dennis Jenkins suggests that bedbugs were biting people at Paisley Caves as long as 11,000 years ago. Read about it in Scientific American and Archaeology magazine. 
  • C-SPAN 3 joined Dennis jenkins in his lab for a talk about Paisley Caves and the First Americans. 
  • In the journal Science, MNCH paleobiologist Edward Davis helps put a 'paleo' spin on wildlands conservation. Read more.
  • New NatGeo series features MNCH field school site in its exploration of human origins. Read more
  • MNCH archaeologist Dennis Jenkins joins Jefferson Public Radio to talk about horse fossils uncovered at the Paisley Caves, and what they reveal about life in Oregon during the last ice age.   
  • MNCH executive director Jon Erlandson's research was featured in the January 2017 Earth Magazine article on the First Americans. 
  • American Archaeology cites MNCH director Jon Erlandson in its winter 2016-17 piece on the peopling of the Americas. 
  • MNCH paleontologist Greg Retallack finds that Earth's soils have hosted living organisms for a surprisingly long time. Read about it on Around the O.  
  • The revamped Oregon-Where Past is Present tells 14,000 years of Oregon stories. The exhibit reopened to the public November 5. Read about it on Around the O.  
  • A new study by MNCH researchers reveals ancient horse species coexisting with humans at Oregon's Paisley Caves. Read about it on Around the O.  
  • Humans have been altering the environment for millennia, says a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study coauthor and MNCH director Jon Erlandson tells us more in the Washington Post.  
  • Jon Erlandson uncovers evidence of some of California's earliest human communities, and Western Digs reports. 
  • The World tells the story behind Tribal artist Toni Ann Brend's necklace, currently on display in MNCH's Strung Together exhibit.  
    The museum and UO Libraries team up to preserve historic Luther Cressman films, with help from the National Film Preservation Foundation
  • The MNCH earns the highest national distinction: accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Read about it on Around the O
  • The museum's newest exhibition, Strung Together, opens this spring. Read about it on Around the O
  • Oregon-Where Past is Present will be under construction during spring and summer 2016. Read about it on Around the O, and stay tuned for details on the fall 2016 reopening!   
  • Two agate tools found in eastern Oregon have reshaped archaeologists’ view of how and when the first settlers came to our state. Read more in in the winter 2015 issue of Oregon Quarterly
  • The Bend Bulletin makes a case for Central Oregonians to visit Eugene - and the MNCH is a big part of the draw!



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Explore Oregon
The Explore Oregon exhibit hall opened in May 2014, representing a major expansion of the museum's public exhibition space and its coverage of the Pacific Northwest's natural history. Learn about the exhibit - and the inspiration behind it - through this short video.

The Kelp Highway
Coastal archaeologist and MNCH executive director Jon Erlandson takes us on an ancient maritime journey in this short film by student filmmaker Alex Wowra. 

Explore Oregon with the Duck!
Join the University of Oregon Duck for a fun-filled romp through the Explore Oregon exhibit hall.

Roadside Geology of Oregon
Learn about Oregon's diverse geological provinces with Dr. Marli Miller, author of the second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon, and curator of the Road Trip! exhibit.

Luther Cressman: Quest for First People
In the 1930s, archaeologist Luther Cressman made a series of discoveries that shocked the scientific world. They included a cache of 75 sagebrush sandals that proved to be the oldest shoes ever found. He believed people were in the Americas far earlier than most researchers thought possible. Today, modern science may finally prove him right. In 2014, Oregon Public Broadcasting produced a special Oregon Experience episode devoted to Cressman. 

75th Anniversary Video
In 2010 the museum celebrated its 75th anniversary. A video was commissioned to mark the occasion. It also provides a wonderful introduction to the museum.

Archaeology Lecture Series
The museum presents its Archaeology Lecture Series during the fall, bringing notable scholars from around the country to present on topics in prehistory, historical archaeology, zooarchaeology, and more.

Visit the museum's YouTube channel for more! 

For more information or media inquiries, contact MNCH communications manager Kristin Strommer at 541-346-5083 or