Can you dig it? (2013)
Egypt has pyramids, but the Willamette Valley has its own amazing archaeological sites — and the trip to visit them is waaaay easier.
Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area is one of the best preserved, mid-19th century military forts in the Northwest and the archaeological site at Champoeg State Heritage Area documents one of the earliest pioneer sites in the state. The artifacts uncovered from both sites tell important stories of pre-statehood life for a variety of people and cultures.
Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see the Oregon State University Archaeological Field School in action as students uncover the past.
Fort Yamhill (click on the link for park info and driving directions) archaeology tours are offered daily at 10 a.m. through Aug. 20. Meet at the main park kiosk. Parking is free.
Tours at Champoeg (click on the link for park info and driving directions) begin at 10 a.m. on July 29 and 31, and Aug. 1 and 13. Tours start at the Townsite Trailhead near the Pioneer Mothers’ Cabin in the Riverside Day Use Area. Parking is $5 per day. Note: Tour length is one-mile round trip, partly across an open field. The terrain is uneven and may not be suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Restrooms available in the day-use area, but not at the archaeological site. Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection, and bring water for the 1 ½-hour tour.