The Association of Oregon Archaeologists (AOA)

The AOA promotes scientific research, protection, and education about archaeological resources and cultural heritage of Oregon.

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The Association of Oregon Archaeologists is a nonprofit organization composed of professional and avocational archaeologists. AOA supports legislative monitoring, increases public awareness of cultural resources, provides financial support for research, and disseminates information through conferences, publications, and the quarterly newsletter Current Archaeological Happenings in Oregon.

Membership in the AOA is open to professionals and laypersons who share a concern for archaeological resources in Oregon.

Memberships are for the calendar year; January 1 - December 31st

 There are of three types of membership:

1. Regular membership: open to any professional or amateur archaeologist, or other interested citizen;
2. Student membership: open to any undergraduate or graduate student of an accredited institution who provides documentation of current enrollment at the time of application; and
3. Institutional membership: open to libraries, universities, museums, and federal, state and local agencies.

All members in good standing receive the newsletter, Current Archaeological Happenings in Oregon (CAHO), vote during meetings, and are eligible to hold positions on the Executive Board. Members also receive a discounted price on the AOA’s Occasional Paper Series.

Hey Students...AOA wants to give you money!
(It's true.  Click on the flyer for more information.)
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Seventh Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit
"Bridging Policy and Practice"
May 21-22, 2014 @ the Suquamish Tribe's House of Awakened Culture

Contact Mary Rossi @ with questions.
Registration is open and Sponsorships are available!

With a theme of "Bridging Policy and Practice," the 2014 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks the seventh anniversary of our gathering.  Since its inception, the primary goal in organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the intersection between cultural resources and land use.  The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource planning as an effective means of finding resolution to issues before they escalate into emotionally-charged, divisive, and expensive stalemates or law suits.

This year, the Summit agenda will encourage attendees to examine the challenges of bridging the gap between policy and practice that often emerges as we move from paper to protection.  Keynotes, panels, and interactive sessions will address a variety of topics and case studies, including recent SEPA rule changes, local/tribal permitting, curation, dispute resolution, and creative mitigation.

Join us at the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful and inviting House of Awakened Culture for a two-day gathering that will help you improve your technical skills while deepening your connection to why we do this work.  Leave with more tools for bridging the gaps of cultural resource protection and sharing the important stories our resources tell.

OPENING KEYNOTE BY MATIKA WILBUR OF PROJECT 562:  Matika Wilbur, Swinomish/Tulalip photographer, will discuss her work-in-progress: a new collection of images of contemporary American Indians from all 562 federally-recognized tribes in the United States.  Learn more about Matika and Project 562 at  

SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION ON 2014 SEPA RULE CHANGES:  Join State Senator John McCoy (D-38th), members of Ecology's SEPA Rule Making Advistory Committee, and participants in the SEPA rule making process for a discussion of recent rule changes as they relate to cultural resource policices and practices.  Find out how the new rules will shape cultural resource protection in Washington State and discuss the possibility of further improvements.

Join in the 20th Anniversary
 of the Oregon Archaeology Celebration

The theme for October 2013 is Archaeology and Community.

The poster highlights the Beatty Curve project, where Klamath tribal members and University of Oregon archaeologists excavated the remains of a cabin belonging to a Klamath tribal leader during the 1870’s. The General Allotment (Dawes) Act of 1887 significantly reduced tribal land possession and caused the degradation of tribal community and cultural tradition. The Klamath tribe has persevered and their participation at Beatty Curve highlights the enduring cultural significance of the site.

Click on the attached Poster and Calendar of Events for more information.

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