I suspect you might not know that we have archaeologists working in state government, but we do! A year or so ago, we interviewed state archaeologist Dennis Griffith, but so much has changed in this short time. Today we talked with Jamie French who has been working with the State HIstoric Preservation Office (SHPO) in various capacities for 10 years. Two years ago she completed her archaeology degree and now is performing compliance review for mostly large-scale development projects on federal lands. She is also in charge of the GIS (geographic information system) & Technical components for SHPO. Jamie has lead many archaeological field schools on behalf of SHPO and Oregon State University throughout Oregon in such locations as French Prairie, Fort Yamhill, Carlton, and various migrant Chinese sites.
Now, go out there and discover all sorts of new and interesting things! Just be sure to tell us about what you find!