Spend the summer investigating the early Chinese diaspora across Oregon!
This field school is an intensive four week, 4-credit course (SOAN 375) where students will participate in archaeological investigations into various aspects of the Oregon Chinese immigrant diaspora. This field school will introduce students to historical archaeology method and theory, survey, excavations, site recording and mapping, primary document analysis, and public outreach through fieldwork, field trips, and guest speakers.
The field school will be conducted as part of the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project (OCDP), a multi-agency partnership dedicated to the study of Oregon’s early Chinese residents. Archaeological excavation will focus on Chinese migrant sites from across the state associated with the Oregon and California Railroad (1883-1884), gold mining (ca. 1860-1919), and rural Chinatowns.
All participants must be able to meet the strenuous demands of archaeological excavation and hiking under rugged field conditions in the heat of the high desert summer. All participants will be working and living together in close quarters, and the ability to get along with others is essential. The class is open to currently enrolled college students of any background, with the only prerequisites being an interest in archaeology and an ability to work hard as part of the team. All participants are expected to understand and follow Southern Oregon University Student Conduct Code.
If you aren’t able to take the field school, there are several other ways to participate:
Free Public Lecture Series
Sponsored in part by the Oregon Historical Society