OAS MEETING THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 7:00 PM AT OMSI
“From the Mountains Beyond: The Archaeology of Huckleberry and Cedar in the Southern Washington Cascades” is the title of the March 1, 2011 lecture sponsored by the Oregon Archaeological Society. Rick McClure, the Forest Archaeologist and Heritage Program Manager for Gifford Pinchot National Forest, will discuss the record left by Lewis and Clark regarding the many resources—including plant foods--they encountered and their cultural significance to local Native peoples.
Some of these resources were from the surrounding uplands - the mountains beyond - areas managed today as national forest system lands. The presentation will take a closer look at several specific resources, beginning with descriptions from the pages of the expedition journals, and moving to the archaeology of the mountains beyond, to investigate traditional land use practices in the period 1805-1806.
The presentation is at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) at 7:45 PM, and is free and open to the public. The talk is preceded at 7 PM by a general business meeting, which is also open to the public See www.oregonarchaeological.org or call 503-727-3507 for more information.
CLARK COUNTY MUSEUM HONORS OAS MEMBER RICHARD REAY
The Clark County Historical Museum threw a party on Jan. 19 for Richard Reay, who has volunteered there for a decade. He didn’t want any fuss, so the museum made it a surprise party. “Richard made himself indispensable to staff, other volunteers and visitors alike with his can-do attitude, endless patience, attention to detail, and encyclopedic knowledge of our reference library as well as the last 10 years of museum history,” a museum press release stated. “In a word, Richard is irreplaceable.”
Read more at: Richard Reay Honored
JEAN M. AUEL'S NEW BOOK TO BE RELEASED MARCH 29, 2011!
The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children® series, The Land of Painted Caves, is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar, Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago.
See more about the book and read free chapters at:
The Land of Painted Caves
See Jean Auel talk about her new book on video: Painted Caves Interview
And here's a "trailer" for the book...
CHAUVET CAVE FILM TO BE RELEASED!
Werner Herzog's new film "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is a stunning 3D documentary about the cave in France that is home to the world's oldest known human art. The film, which includes appearances by Dr. Jean Clottes, is scheduled to be released in March.
So far no schedule for showings has been released, but stay tuned!
Read more at: Herzog Chauvet Interview
More about the film: Herzog website
...and here's the official movie trailer...
OREGON TRAIL/ANTELOPE RIDGE WIND FARM UPDATE
Over the past week I learned that Portland-based Archaeological Investigations Northwest Inc. (AINW) is the firm doing the archaeological research and analysis on the wind project. This is encouraging because AINW is a very good and highly respected firm...but keep in mind that AINW (like any archaeological consulting organization) is only in a position to analyze and recommend things to the various regulatory agencies that have the real decision-making power that will determine the fate of the Oregon Trail in the project area.
According to Terry Ozbun, Senior Archaeologist at AINW...
"AINW is conducting cultural resource surveys for the Antelope Ridge Wind Energy Project to provide information for appropriate protections of historic and archaeological resources during the project planning process. For over a year now, the project developer has been working closely with the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) and with the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council (OHTAC) to formulate plans for avoiding impacts to the Oregon Trail. This collaboration was proactively initiated by the developer and has been productive and sincere. All of the parties are working very hard to find a way to develop wind energy and, at the same time, protect the Oregon Trail, along with other important cultural resources.
The project's permit application is available online at http://www.horizonwindfarms.com/western-region/under-dev/antelope-ridge.htm and I would also be happy to field questions that OAS members may have about the project." You can reach Terry at: email@example.com.
I encourage you to let your elected officials and representatives of the regulatory agencies (see my previous email for details) know how you feel about protecting the Oregon Trail for future generations.
ENDANGERED PLACES LIST STARTED BY LEAGUE
The Historic Preservation League of Oregon is creating a most endangered places list for Oregon. The list will be an annual register of those historic buildings, and sites, and districts, and structures, and landscapes that need a little extra attention in order to make it to the next phase.
You can submit a nomination until March 21. While a diversity of places will be selected, historic significance, the nature of the threat, and the potential for local support will be considered during review process. The inaugural list will be announced in late May, after which the league will actively support the selected places through partnerships and direct assistance.
For more information and a nomination form, visit www.historicpreservationleague.org
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