Topic ID #32352 - posted 4/18/2014 3:49 AM

Volunteer opportunity: We've Got the Power, Part II archaeological excavation, Umpqua NF, OR

Jennifer Palmer

Umpqua NF
New! We've Got the Power, Part II

June 9-13; 16-20, 2014

Must commit to one full session; may participate in both

Join us on the Umpqua National Forest this summer for year two of our electrifying archaeological excavation! Testing will continue at a prehistoric lithic (stone tool) production and use site associated with a utility corridor. Previous, limited testing suggests the possibility of two distinct temporal occupations and what may be the remnants of a temporary structure. The components represent occupations spanning the Middle (6,000 B.P. - 2,000 B.P.) and Late Archaic (2,000 B.P. - European Contact) periods, respectively, based on the types of points and other diagnostic elements from limited testing.

Volunteers and Forest staff will continue subsurface testing and limited excavation within the confines of the site. We will map and record each segment, and will plot, photograph, and collect the material elements we encounter. Volunteers will learn proper methods of excavation, recording, and artifact handling, and will get a first-hand look at objects that have not been seen for thousands of years! Our efforts this year will help to expand our knowledge of the site by gathering data that may allow us to more clearly and precisely place it and its functions into the temporal and spatial contexts of the overall, prehistoric cultural landscape.

We hope you will join us in this beautiful area as we sift through the past once again this June. There is much to see and do here after work hours such as hiking, cycling, and fly fishing in the river. It's a short but steep hike into and out of the site area, so plan to bring sturdy boots. And, since this winter's weather has created the perfect set-up for its growth - watch out for the poison oak!

Number of openings: 10 (5 per session)

Special skills: Must be physically capable of standing, kneeling, bending, sitting, and working with hand tools for extended periods each day, and in a variety of (unpredictable) weather conditions; previous archaeological excavation, mapping, prehistoric artifact identification, photography, and/or sketching experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and smaller RV (fits trailers up to 22') camping available at no charge at FS Apple Creek campground; vault toilet, no potable water, no hook-ups; other tent and RV camping options available in area; facilities vary, and fees may apply; limited services in Dry Creek; Glide is a full-service community with hotels/motels, and a range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and transportation

Nearest towns: Dry Creek, 4 miles; Glide, 27 miles

Applications due: May 12, 2014

For more info click here.


Visit our Employment Network websites: - - For information on advertising on this website, contact