Blog from the Field
The annual NPS/PSU/WSUV Public Archaeological Field School is advertised as being “public,” in order to encourage the greater community to experience archaeology on a personal basis. Each of the university students enrolled in the course is trained to be an interpreter, and all members of the public are invited to the site to be briefed on the day to day progress of the excavations.
To broaden this perspective further, the staff of this year’s field school is attempting a weekly blog on the progress of the field school. This is an experiment to reach as many members of the public as possible-whether they are able to come personally to the site or not.
This year’s archaeological field school focuses’ on the site of a ca. 1851-1880 U.S. Army Company Mess Hall built at Vancouver Barracks, on what is now the west end of the former U.S. Army Parade Ground.
Below you will find entries from the students’ daily journals, as well as photographs of the excavations, the students, and the various artifacts and features as they are being encountered. They express some of the hardships, elations, and educational qualities of being involved in an archaeological field school in a public, urban setting.