A student and a National Park Service archaeologist at an excavation site.
Students work alongside National Park Service archaeologists at Public Archaeology Field Schools at Fort Vancouver NHS.

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For the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, archaeology and the collections it creates have a special significance. The material culture, both in the site's collection and still in situ, is what remains of the original sites and their inhabitants. Archaeological artifacts and features are often the primary resources for reconstructing and interpreting the site. Vancouver's role in regional history is reflected in the enormity of the archaeological resources here.

To share the "underground" legacy of this site, we have developed a Public Archaeology Program that includes educational opportunities, special tours, and lectures.

Learn more about archaeology and cultural resources at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site here!

Two archaeologists look at an excavation unit.
Archaeology Collections

Learn about archaeological collections at Fort Vancouver NHS.

A small fragment of blue, yellow, and white ceramic.
What If I Find an Artifact?

What should you do if you find an artifact at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site? Find out here


Archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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