SWCS 3rd Grade Featured in Press Release for PSU’s Archaeology Roadshow, May 2016


May 2, 2016

For Immediate Release

Explore the archaeology of dwellings and sample historic beer at PSU’s 5th Annual Archaeology Roadshow

Portland , Ore. – Celebrate the archaeology of this region and beyond at the Portland State University Archaeology Roadshow, which will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme, “The Archaeology of Dwellings,” is designed to get visitors thinking about the universal importance of home, and the diversity of structures and places that fill that need. From the remains of semi-subterranean pit houses to historic Portland bungalows, these resources have stories to tell about the people who built and lived in them. Besides activities related to home, we’ll have samples made from historic beer recipes for the adults and also a variety of kid-friendly activities like tool making, atlatl dart throwing and excavation.. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the plaza at PSU’s Hoffman Hall, next to the Farmers Market, at 1833 SW 11th Ave. in Portland.

Presentations and activities are hosted by archaeologists and community members with local and traditional knowledge from universities, federal and state agencies, tribes, archaeology companies, and nonprofit organizations. The Roadshow is a great way for folks of all ages to meet real archaeologists and others that are working hard to protect and share our heritage.

This year’s event will feature an exhibit created by the Southwest Charter School’s 3rd grade class. “With a rich archaeological history, Portland and the surrounding region provides the perfect setting for children to explore the science of archaeology,” says Amanda Mitchell, 3rd Grade Teacher at the school. “The presentation of their learning to the greater community at the Roadshow provides the students a connection with real-life archaeologists and local citizens who share their same interests and knowledge.”

Back by popular demand are samples of beer brewed this year by the Green Dragon Brew Crew. Their beer, “1872 Pale” uses an historic recipe from the Oregon Hops and Brew Archives.

Fort Vancouver Historic Site is also returning to the Roadshow; “It is very special for the National Park Service to participate in the Archaeology Roadshow on its 5th anniversary as this is the Centennial of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act,” Doug Wilson, Fort archaeologist Director says. “This institution and this law, together directly preserve some of the most important archaeological resources of the nation while providing a public process to help preserve those of local, regional, and national significance. The Roadshow highlights that Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the private sector can work together to preserve sites, learn about their values and significance, and engage the public on many levels.”

A panel of experts in archaeology, paleontology and geology will be on hand to identify the personal artifacts visitors bring. Stone, bone, woven, plant and historical items are welcome. Please do not bring live plants or animals. No appraisals will be given; the Archaeology Roadshow does not authenticate or value items for sale.

Nearly 800 people attended last year’s Roadshow, organized by Portland State University’s Anthropology Department, with help from over 100 volunteers, students and community partners. For more information on the Roadshow, visit:

pdx.edu/anthropology/archaeology-roadshow. Media contacts Suzanne Pardington, University Communications, 503-725-8794, seffros@pdx.edu Prof. Virginia Butler, Anthropology, virginia@pdx.edu; Event Coordinators Lyssia Merrifield and Jonathan Duelks, Lyssiacoffey@yahoo.com, jduelks@pdx.edu