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Balloon Archaeology


Archaeologists trade working on hands and knees for a viewpoint floating high overhead. Rare access to a helium balloon and remote controlled camera provides the clearest view of the most intriguing discovery in Oregon in years: stone circles that resemble the medicine wheels found in Wyoming and farther east.

First Broadcast: 2011
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Todd Sonflieth
Videographer: Nicholas Fisher
Videos & Photos Courtesy: Bureau of Land Management

More Information
Museum of Natural & Cultural History
Aerial Photography in Archaeology
Bighorn Medicine Wheel, Wyoming
U of O Field School
BLM Article on Balloon Work (page 8)

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Balloon Archaeology; Biscuit Fire 10 Years Later; Collier Glacier

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2311
Original Broadcast: February 23, 2012