Anthropology at PSU
Portland State University anthropology students spent two October Saturdays documenting archaeological sites on the Oregon Coast. Students were looking for new evidence of past inhabitants of the Oregon coast and assessing the condition of known archaeological sites in the project area. Students engaged in this work as part of a course on archaeological field methods taught by Shelby Anderson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. The field project was a collaboration between PSU and Oregon State Parks Department.
Results of fieldwork and recommendations for protecting archaeological sites in the project area were summarized in a report prepared by graduate students for the Oregon State Parks. Undergraduate students completed official site forms that will be filed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Their work will help future archaeologists and resource managers studying sites on the Oregon coast. This field project provided a unique opportunity for students to immediately apply skills learned in class to a real world project.
Students in Dr. Jeremy Spoon's Environmental Anthropology course joined efforts with the Stream Team to help restore riparian vegetation around Salmon Creek in H.B. Fuller Park, Vancouver, Washington. On Saturday, November 16, the Stream Team, a volunteer organization of Clark Public Utilities, hosted eighteen PSU volunteers. Volunteers included faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and their family and friends. Students and volunteers planted 313 native riparian trees alongside the Creek.
The Stream Team focuses on habitat restoration with the goal of attracting the Northwest's iconic salmon back to the creek by improving water quality and reducing erosion in riparian areas within the Salmon Creek watershed. The organization depends on the support, cooperation, and knowledge of diverse stakeholders including private landholders, government agencies, conservation organizations, Americorps volunteers, and others. Armed with gloves, shovels, and saplings, students also explored their own ideas about people and nature. One student, toting twelve dogwood saplings commented, "I am carrying my own wilderness."
Chinookan peoples have lived on the Lower Columbia River for millennia. Today they are one of the most significant Native groups in the Pacific Northwest, although the Chinook Tribe is still unrecognized by the United States government. In Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia PSU Professor Emeritus Kenneth M. Ames, PSU researcher Robert T. Boyd, and Tony A. Johnson provide a deep and wide-ranging picture of the landscape and resources of the Chinookan homeland and the history and culture of people over time, from 10,000 years ago to the present.
Now available: Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia, Robert T. Boyd, Kenneth M. Ames and Tony A. Johnson, editors. See the supplemental materials or contact University of Washington Press for further information.
The Anthropology Department at Portland State University was established in 1959 as a four field Anthropology department with Oregon's only free-standing master's program. Since then, anthropologists at Portland State University have compiled a long record of research, teaching and community involvement. Among its distinguished former faculty was Wayne Suttles, the premier 20th century ethnographer and linguist of the Northwest Coast.
Currently, the Department has faculty in Sociocultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. The Department's emphases that cross-cut the subdisciplines are Applied Anthropology and Environmental Anthropology. The Department's programs and faculty research take advantage of the university's location in Portland, Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and on the eastern edge of the Pacific basin. The department is also part of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs.
For more information, review the strategic plan, external review, yearly newsletters, or the departmental brochure. If you'd like to talk to a faculty member about joining the program, please send us an email or stop in during open office hours.
Anthropology studies human biological and cultural diversity through time and space and the interplay between culture and biology. It encompasses our closest relatives and the human experience from our earliest known bipedal ancestors to the modern world, from the smallest human groups to empires and multinational corporations.
Anthropologists deal with prehistoric, historic, and contemporary peoples and with such topics as human evolution, subsistence and settlement systems, family, urban development, transnationalism, globalization, social conflict, gender, symbolic systems, and human ecology. Anthropologists apply the knowledge gained from diverse theoretical perspectives to practical human problems in settings such as health care, educational development, and natural and cultural resource management, among others. As scholars, we are committed to the highest quality teaching in the classroom and the field; to ongoing research both in Portland and abroad; and to active engagement in wider university and community programs.
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