Dennis Griffin, Oregon State Archaeologist with the Cultural Heritage Division of Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, joined us in the studio today to share with us just what an archaeologist does--and does not--do, and to let us know how archaeology fares in our state. Dennis has been a working archaeologist for more than 35 years in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His love of anthropology and history has lead to working with Federal and State governments, tribal governments, forest service and Bureau of Land Management agencies in both staff and consultant roles.
Another tidbit that Dennis shared is that the most prolific archaeologic sites often prove to be wells and latrines! In light of our modern water and sewage systems, it makes one wonder what "gold mines" of treasures future diggers might find. I suspect that the interior of the walls and the backyard landscaping of the many houses my husband and I have remodeled over the years might cause a bit of eyebrow-arching and chin-scratching in the distant future. Any thoughts you'd like to share?