In 2015, the University of Oregon Archaeological Field School will run two simultaneous field schools, one at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter and another at the Connley Caves. The Rimrock Draw Rockshelter is a Western Stemmed point site near Riley, Oregon on Oregon Highway 20 between Bend and Burns. This site has already produced some exciting finds and by attending the 2015 field school you can be a part of this important investigation. This summer's field school will continue excavations that began there in September 2011 and continued through the 2014 field season. Geoarchaeology field school students will work at the site under the instruction of Joe Collins, a PhD student from University of Texas, El Paso. A paleobotany field school, taught by Dr. Marge Helzer, will also run for three weeks and offer four credits of instruction. As well, there will be two days devoted to a lithic technology workshop taught by Michael Rondeau who specializes in Clovis technology.
The Connley Caves site is composed of 8 caves and rockshelters located in the Connley Hills of the Fort Rock basin some 10 miles south of the town of Fort Rock. These caves were first professionally investigated by Stephen Bedwell who radiocarbon dated charcoal in a Western Stemmed cultural component to as much as 11,200 14C BP (13,000 calibrated years ago). The UO field school reinvestigated the site between 1999 and 2001 under the direction of Dennis Jenkins. This year's excavations will focus on opening previously undisturbed portions of the deposits adjacent to Bedwell's excavations to resolve questions raised about the stratigraphic integrity and context of the 11,200 14C BP charcoal dated by Bedwell.
Both field schools are now accepting enrollment applications for the Summer 2015 field session. The Archaeological Field School runs from June 22 to July 31, 2015.
This program is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). RPA is the standard-bearer for appropriate archaeological field, laboratory, and reporting conduct.