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Closed! Happy Camp Mining District Passport in Time Project 2016

Mnf_2016_pit by USDA Forest Service/Robert Dickerson
Happy Camp Mining District

July 11-15, 2016

Must commit to entire session

Hidden in the woods of the Malheur National Forest lies a landscape transformed by the monumental efforts of 19th-century gold miners. In 2014, the Malheur National Forest Heritage staff and Passport in Time volunteers teamed up to conduct archaeological site testing of a habitation site associated with the immigrant Chinese populations of these gold miners: Happy Camp Mining District. We will build on the success of that project by expanding our investigation area into the surrounding mining features.

Activities may include comprehensive documentation of a second habitation site, and will include archaeological survey to locate, photograph, map, and document artifacts and features in the Happy Camp Mining District. Passport in Time volunteers will gain experience in systematic survey methods, artifact identification, comprehensive surface inventory, and much more! Join us to learn about the fascinating history of the immigrant Chinese gold miners in the southern Blue Mountains. We hope to see you in July!

Number of openings: 8

Special skills: Volunteers must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances each day over rough terrain, and in a variety of weather conditions (mainly hot and dry with minimal shade); previous archaeological survey, mapping, sketching, excavation, GPS, metal detecting, and/or photography experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 16 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Tent/RV camping available at no charge; water, vault toilets, no hook-ups; John Day is a full-service community with hotels/motels, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, and extra water; volunteers will meet at a designated camp ground for transportation to the study area; daily transportation between the study area and designated meeting place provided by the Forest Service

Nearest towns: Prairie City; 19 miles; John Day; 32 miles

Applications due: May 9, 2016
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