Oregon - Umpqua NF
Closed! Twin Meadows Excavation 2020
Archaeological Explorations in The Land of Umpqua!
July 13-17; 20-24, 2020
Volunteers must commit to 1 entire session; may participate in both
The Umpqua National Forest in Oregon is looking for volunteers this upcoming summer for “Part II” of our unique archaeological excavation project within the Land of Umpqua! This year, as we explore and evaluate several newly discovered sites for their eligibility for placement on the National Register of Historic Place (NRHP), we’ll once again study archaeological phenomena in the surrounding area that represent 8,000 years of occupation and use! Sites in this area have produced mortars, pestles, obsidian and jasper projectile points, scrapers, and a whole range of expedient flake tools. During the 2020 project, we will excavate up to 5 cubic meters of material in order to acquire dates for the sites, and to determine what types of activities were being performed. These most likely represent small campsites, or were task-oriented, specialist sites for things like food production or tool-making – but you’ll get to help us make those determinations! And, after work, volunteers will get the opportunity to explore the many sites, vistas, and unique features of the area, such as the geology of the river corridor, waterfalls, and biking and hiking trails – we can’t wait to see you in July!
Number of openings: 20 (10 per session)
Special skills: Volunteers must be physically capable of repetitive actions like kneeling, stooping, bending, lifting, and so on, for extended periods each day; previous archaeological excavation, survey, mapping, sketching/photography, and/or artifact identification experience is helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 16 years old; applicants under the age of 18 must apply with a parent or guardian; guardian MUST submit a separate application and plan to attend
Facilities: Tent and RV campsites available at no charge at surrounding Forest Service Campgrounds and dispersed camping areas; water, pit toilet, fire ring, grill, and picnic table; no hook-ups; Roseburg is a full-service community with a number of hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, meals, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting area(s) each day (if opting to stay off-site)
Nearest towns: Project based in Roseburg; Idleyld Park, 31 miles; Glide, 37 miles
Applications due: May 4, 2020