Ask an Archaeologist: Connley Caves with Katelyn Mcdonough

Katelyn Mcdonough, Assistant Director of the 2019 Connley Caves Archaeology Field School, answers three questions about archaeology at the Connley Caves site.

Connley Caves is a protected archaeology site on BLM-managed land that consists of a series of small rockshelters carved from a bluff thousands of years ago by the waves of Pleistocene Lake Fort Rock.

For more than 50 years, archaeologists and field schools from the University of Oregon have studied the site, focusing on the long term pattern of human activity and settlement in relation to environmental change and variation.

To learn more about the Connley Caves Field School and its ongoing archaeological investigation, visit

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