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Artifacts Wanted: Archeology Roadshow In Portland

OPB | June 1, 2013 4:17 p.m. | Updated: June 3, 2013 11:21 a.m. | Portland

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Experts were on hand to inspect bones, fossils, and other artifacts in Portland Sunday. Portland State University’s Anthropology Department hosted an Archeology Roadshow at OMSI.

Virginia Butler is a professor in the PSU Anthropology Department says people with objects can get a free assessment of things they have found, or that families may have handed down.

“Sometimes it’s easy,” Butler says. “Sometimes what they’re made of or some decoration on them  may reveal them to be from certain place or certain time. Sometimes they’re more obscure. Knowing the context is essential to a deeper understanding.”

Butler says Oregon has a relatively rich archeological record. Government protections have saved fragments from several native and colonial cultures.

PSU students participate in a local dig. Virginia Butler says the Northwest has a rich record beneath our feet.

PSU students participate in a local dig. Virginia Butler says the Northwest has a rich record beneath our feet.

April Baer / Oregon Public Broadcasting

Experts in ceramics, animal bones, stone tools will examine items, starting in the late morning. They won’t be doing appraisals. Butler says the aim is to give people a stronger sense of the past.  



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