Site Seeing: Snapshots of Historical Archaeology in Oregon

From a nineteenth-century working-class family in Portland to a Chinese mining community in Jacksonville, this exhibit tells the stories of five historical sites recently excavated by museum archaeologists.

Jacksonville and Kam Wah Chung: Chinese Immigrant Experiences (Jacksonville and John Day)

Portland Privy: A Private View of Portland (Portland)

Beatty Curve: A Klamath Homestead (Beatty)

Stevens Cemetery: Forgotten Pioneers (Springfield)

Klamath Tribal Leaders
Klamath Tribal leaders at the end of the 19th century, with Indian Agent O.C. Applegate.
Back row, left to right: Tom Chocktoot, Jack Palmer, Oliver C. Applegate, Jesse Kirk, and Joe Pierce
Front row, left to right: Mosenkasket, Long John, Lalo, Chief Agency George, and Henry Blow
 

Historical archaeology focuses on cultures with written records.  In Oregon, it's defined as excavation and research of sites since the first official Euro-American contact, which dates to Lewis and Clark's exploration in 1805. With its attention to artifacts, historical archeology can reveal information about people who may have been overlooked in written records, exposing cultural history on a human level that cannot be found in historical documents.

Kam Wah Chung Archaeologists
MNCH Excavation Crew at the Kam Wah Chung Apothecary in John Day

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