Finding Common Ground Between Archaeologists and Collectors: A Case Study from Northwest Oregon

A talk by Katie Tipton, Portland State University

Part of the 2021 Archaeology Roadshow




Over the course of daily life, people engage with archaeology in various ways, including experiences with archaeology on their own land and as part of family collections of archaeological material. As a result, members of the public often hold considerable knowledge that professionals have historically overlooked. Recent scholarship focuses on the issue of incorporating the public and collectors into archaeological research and ways for capturing that information. Professional-public collaboration is particularly important in northwest Oregon, where many archaeological sites are located on private land and there is a long history of collecting.

My project established a formal process for collecting and investigating information about archaeological sites on private land and private collections, through a case study from northwest Oregon. Come to my presentation to learn more about ways we can build connections between professionals and collectors to better steward these important traces of our past.

Biographical Information

Katie Tipton is an archaeologist for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon. Katie primarily contributes to Section 106 compliance for Transmission and Fish and Wildlife projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to BPA, Katie worked as an archaeologist throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin, the Great Plains, Great Lakes, and in the Southeast. Point anywhere on a map and Katie has probably dug a hole there! Originally from Snohomish, Washington, Katie received her B.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University in 2011; and M.S. in Anthropology from Portland State University in 2020. Her thesis focused on developing and evaluating a systematic process for gathering and investigating information about archaeological sites on private land and collections in private hands in the Portland, Oregon area.