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Armchair Archaeology on the Mt Hood National Forest


March 30–April 3; April 6–10, 2020
Volunteers must commit to 1 entire session; may participate in both

Join us this spring for an archival adventure on the Mt. Hood National Forest! The Heritage Archives of the Mt. Hood NF are filled with a treasure trove of information. They contain documents, maps, and images related to more than 140 years of recreation and land management on the mountain. The archives also contain an abundance of artifacts from more than 10,000 years of human land use! Our goal is to digitally record as much of this material as possible, and ultimately make the information easily searchable and accessible to researchers, specialists and, where appropriate, the public. Archival materials will be processed through four stations, and volunteers will get an opportunity to work in each, as follows:
Documentation and Image Organization and Scanning
·        Create searchable documents through optical character recognition (OCR) processing
·        Generate key words tagging for images and maps
·        Organize collections of digital images and documents in a cloud format
Mapping and Aerial Image Georeferencing
·        Georeference historical maps and aerial imagery
·        Organize maps and aerial imagery by theme, chronology, etc.
·        Update the spatial information contained in archaeological site records and reports
·        Learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or challenge the skills you already have
Artifact Digitization
·        Sorting and cataloging – both physically and in a database – of artifacts by type, attribute, etc.
·        Identify candidate artifacts for training, interpretation, and museum display
·        3D scanning of select artifacts
·        Prepare documents and artifacts for shipment to permanent archival, curation, or museum facilities.
This will be a great project and, as a result of our efforts, the Archive will be better organized and preserved. There are also myriad things to do here in your leisure time: shopping, local produce and eateries, amazing vistas, and more – we hope to see you this spring on the Mt. Hood!

Number of openings: 16 (8 per session)

Special skills: No special skills required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Mt. Hood/Parkdale, Hood River, and The Dalles are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; there are also a limited number of double-occupancy, 1-bedroom apartments available in the area: all are fully furnished, and include two twin beds, cooking utensils, and kitchenware; volunteers are responsible for own bedding and bath linen, and must clean the apartments before check-out; volunteers responsible for own food and daily transportation

Nearest towns: Project based out of Parkdale District Office, Mt. Hood/Parkdale; Hood River, ~15 miles; The Dalles, ~20 miles

Applications due: January 20, 2020

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