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Annual archaeology series slated for Smith Rock State Park

Sept. 28, 2015

Smith Rock State Park will host the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series each Friday evening in October. Presentations start at 7 p.m. at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. The free presentations are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of our region," said Paul Patton, Mountain Region resource specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Each 1-1/2 hour presentation will include a question and answer period.

Oct. 2: Justine Lowry, professor/Central Oregon Community College presents: "A Continuum of Indigenous Arts of the Plateau and Great Basin."

Oct. 9: Stephen Todd Jankowski, archaeologist/United States Forest Service presents: "Form vs. Function: A Classification System for Rock Features."

Oct. 16: Dr. Dennis Jenkins, archaeologist/University of Oregon presents: "Archaeological Investigations of the Connley Caves."

Oct. 23: Eric Iseman, researcher; park ranger/Oregon Parks and Recreation Department presents: "Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country."

Oct. 30: Emily Pritchard, archaeologist/United States Forest Service presents: "Reading the Cultural Landscape."

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

Smith Rock State Park is located off of Highway 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org. or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.