Dig into the past. Uncover our future. 
Explore new developments in archaeological research during our annual Archaeology Talks. The series brings notable scholars from around the country to present on topics in archaeology, historical ecology, zooarchaeology, and more.

Part of the statewide Oregon Archaeology Celebration, the archaeology talks spotlight ongoing exploration of our collective heritage. We invite you to be part of the exploration. Watch past talks on Facebook or YouTube, and stay tuned to our events calendar for the Fall 2020 lineup.  




Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.

Archaeology talk - Jaime Kennedy

People and Plants: Foraging in Oregon's Ancient High Desert 

Well-preserved plant remains recovered from archaeological deposits present a rare opportunity to learn about the ancient resources used by Indigenous People in Oregon's Northern Great Basin. Join Jaime Kennedy, the museum's paleoethnobotanist, for a discussion of these seeds and other remains—and the information they contain about Oregon's earliest communities. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.

Archaeology talk - Alison Carter

Looking Beyond the Temples: Exploring the Ancient Residences of Angkor

The religious monuments of Angkor, in the modern nation of Cambodia, have been the focus of more than a century of research. But few scholars have examined the lives of the people who built these temples and kept the shrines running. Join University of Oregon anthropologist Alison Carter as she discusses recent excavations of Angkorian residences, and what they reveal about everyday life in the region.