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Katherine Louise Tipton
Over the course of daily life, people engage with archaeology in various ways, including experiences with archaeology on their own land and as part of family collections of archaeological material. As a result, members of the public often hold considerable knowledge that professionals have historically overlooked. Recent scholarship focuses on the issue of incorporating the public and collectors into archaeological research and ways for capturing that information. Professional-public collaboration is particularly important in northwest Oregon, where many archaeological sites are located on private land and there is a long history of collecting.
My project established a formal process for collecting and investigating information about archaeological sites on private land and private collections, through a case study from northwest Oregon. Come to my presentation to learn more about ways we can build connections between professionals and collectors to better steward these important traces of our past.
Katie Tipton is an archaeologist for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon. Katie primarily contributes to Section 106 compliance for Transmission and Fish and Wildlife projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to BPA, Katie worked as an archaeologist throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin, the Great Plains, Great Lakes, and in the Southeast. Point anywhere on a map and Katie has probably dug a hole there! Originally from Snohomish, Washington, Katie received her B.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University in 2011; and M.S. in Anthropology from Portland State University in 2020. Her thesis focused on developing and evaluating a systematic process for gathering and investigating information about archaeological sites on private land and collections in private hands in the Portland, Oregon area.
Private Landowners as Stewards of Oregon Heritage: Learning from an Important Stone Tool Cache Found on Private Property in the Willamette Valley
During the summer of 2015, a landowner finds an “interesting rock” building a spring-fed pond on his property. The rock is obsidian, and seems out of place. Eventually, 14 are found. After some internet research he believes he may have found a biface cache. He reports the find to the State Historic Preservation Office.
This presentation covers the story of the recording of the first biface cache in the Willamette Valley, associated archaeological investigations, and the incredible stewardship of a landowner. The story is also about collaboration among professionals, a rare opportunity for archaeology public outreach, and shared learning about the past. Had the biface cache not been reported, or simply donated to an institution, the opportunity to learn from its context would have been lost. Understanding the context provided the ability to learn more about the innovative Santiam Kalapuya people at and in the vicinity of the cache, and their connection to a much broader region for at least the past 4000 years.
What can the analysis of ancient poop tell us about the lives of people in the past? Dr. Shillito has worked on this question at different sites around the world, from Paisley Caves, Oregon, to the world heritage site of Catalhoyuk in Turkey, and Vindolanda Roman Fort in the UK. This talk discusses the scientific methods we can use, from chemistry to botany, to analyse ancient poop and provide insights into the diets, health and environments of ancient cultures from hunter-gatherers to the Romans!
Our Opening Ceremony will begin with a welcome from Sam Robinson (Chinook Indian Nation), followed by an official launch of the Archaeology Roadshow website, including highlights of activities taking place over the month of June. We will also acknowledge the volunteers and many organizations and individuals whose financial support has made the 2021 event possible.