Smith Rock hosts October archaeology series (2010)
Who were those guys? The travelers over a route known as the Kelp Highway? How about Oregon’s first inhabitants … the ones who lived in caves?
Visitors to the Smith Rock State Park Rex Center can find out during the October 2010 Oregon Archaeology Celebration series. The Friday evening presentations run from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Rex Center is at 10260 NE Crooked River Drive near Terrebonne.
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History Director Dr. Jon Erlandson opens the series Oct. 1 with a lecture on “The Kelp Highway: A Pacific Rim Perspective of the First Americans.” Dr. Dennis L. Jenkins of the museum will talk about “Oregon’s Earliest Inhabitants: Archaeological Investigations at the Paisley Caves” Oct. 15.
Staff from the Museum at Warm Springs will discuss “The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” Oct. 8. Oregon State University Professor of Anthropology David Brauner will look back at “The Fur Trade Era at Champoeg” Oct. 22.
Local historian Loren Irving of the Deschutes Historical Museum will track the “The Pathfinder,” John C. Fremont, and tell what the explorer was doing in Oregon in the series finale Oct. 29.