Archaeology for the People
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History celebrates Oregon Archaeology Month with our annual Archaeology Talks, held virtually this year. Join us for a look at community-based archaeology and explore its potential for building knowledge, understanding, and connection.

Register here to attend the talks on Zoom and receive an email reminder before each event. You can also watch live on our Facebook page, or catch the talks later on our YouTube channel.

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.




Thursday, October 22 | 6:00 p.m. 

Archaeology talk - Kimberli Fitzgerald

Uncovering and Interpreting Salem’s Chinese Shrine
Live on Zoom and Facebook

Inside the Salem Pioneer Cemetery is a relatively unknown shrine that was used by residents of Salem’s Chinatown from the late 1800s through the 1940s. Join Kimberli Fitzgerald, archaeologist and historic preservation officer with the City of Salem, to learn about the public archaeology project that uncovered the shrine—one of the few remnants of the city’s early Chinese immigrant history—and how the practice of public archaeology can help amplify the stories of Oregon’s historically marginalized communities.  


Thursday, October 29 | 6:00 p.m. 

Archaeology talk - Ayana Flewellen

Historical Archaeology and Afro-Crucian Heritage
Live on Zoom and Facebook

Archaeological research at a historic plantation site in the US Virgin Islands is revealing important insights about the lives of enslaved—and later free—Afro-Crucian people on the island of St. Croix. Join Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists, for a discussion of the research as well as the training opportunities it's providing to local youths and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S.