Archaeological Research

The museum houses Oregon’s most active archaeological research program, and has been a leader in bringing to light new findings about the region’s cultural past.

Museum archaeologists lead surveys and excavations, principally within Oregon, but also throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Rim, and Europe. Our work has unearthed fragile millennia-old basketry, traces of ancient settlements buried beneath volcanic ash, 14,000 year-old human coprolites left by the continent’s earliest settlers, the homesteads and cemeteries of Oregon Trail pioneers, and communities of 19th century Chinese miners.

Through field schools, grant-funded studies, and collaborations with corporations and public agencies–including the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s Heritage Programs, and others, the research division helps to rediscover, protect, and preserve Oregon’s rich cultural heritage.

For more information, please contact Tom Connolly, Director of Archaeological Research, 541-346- 3031,