Archaeology students dig Champoeg dirty work (2014)
Tours in July and August
Be part of the action as Oregon State University (OSU) students excavate, recover, clean and catalog artifacts from the Robert Newell dig site at Champoeg State Heritage Area. Join ranger-led tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 10 a.m., July 7-Aug. 15. The tours last 1½ hours and are free, although parking is $5.
OSU holds its annual summer archaeology field school at the old Champoeg town site along the Willamette River. Students will excavate an original cabin, possibly once inhabited by John Ball who established the first American farm west of the Rocky Mountains in the area. Later, the land was bought by Robert Newell and a portion became the eastern section of the town of Champoeg. The cabin dig will reveal the history of an early Oregon settler community and thriving commercial hub.
Visit the Friends of Historic Champoeg website for additional archaeology information.
Need more information? Call Park Ranger Dan Klug, 503-678-1251, ext 222.