Topic ID #38087 - posted 2/21/2017 7:23 AM

2017 University of Oregon Field School - Rimrock Draw Rockshelter


Summer 2017 Field School: Northern Great Basin Prehistory Project – University of Oregon

The University of Oregon’s Northern Great Basin Prehistory Project is conducting a field school for the 2017 field season at the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter located in south-central Oregon. The field schools run from June 26 through August 4, 2017.

 Texas A&M Ph.D. fellow, Katelyn McDonough will be teaching a two-week Archaeology Lab Methods course following the field school. Dates for the Archaeology Lab Methods course is August 7th – August 18th 2017.

The 2017 University of Oregon Archaeological Field School at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter promises to be particularly engaging for our students. Multiple units will be excavated in the deepest portions of the site, beginning just above a layer of rockfall that has sealed late Pleistocene/early Holocene-aged deposits. We are seeking attentive, dedicated students particularly interested in the peopling of the Americas and early hunter-gatherers of North America. Dr. Patrick O’Grady will teach excavation methods, sampling techniques, site formation processes, and northern Great Basin prehistory.  Dr. Thomas Stafford, Jr. will also instruct students in geoarchaeology during the first two weeks of the six-week season.

Rimrock Draw is a modest, north-facing rockshelter with remarkably deep sediment accumulation that is located in the “Ancient Lakes District” of the northern Great Basin west of Burns Oregon. Currently in the sixth year of excavation, Rimrock Draw is the location where an orange agate stone tool was recovered beneath a lens of Mt. St. Helens volcanic ash that dates to 13,000 radiocarbon years in age.  Projectile points recovered within the rockshelter include Black Rock Concave Base, Windust, Haskett, Great Basin Transverse, Cascade, Parman Types 1 and 2, and Northern Side-notched.  Fluted point technology is evident at a surface scatter across the stream channel from the shelter, suggesting the presence of people at the site near the time of Clovis.  Bone preservation is limited, but camelid teeth fragments have been collected there as well as artifacts with evidence of adhering Pleistocene-aged bison and horse protein residues. 

To apply and for more information about the field school visit our website:

Contact: Dr. Patrick O'Grady: or (541)346-0671 

Post ID#20868 - replied 4/3/2017 6:01 PM


We are still seeking students for this years field school! Contact Dr. Pat O'Grady if interested. or (541)346-0671


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