Anthropology at PSU
Adjunct Associate Professor
PhD, University of Arizona, 1991
Dr. Wilson continues to work on historical archaeological projects at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site. This summer he conducted the 11th annual archaeological field school at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Lewis and Clark National Park. The program introduced the methods and theories of fieldwork in historical archaeology, including laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts. Over the course of the summer students excavated a historical house site of a French Canadian/Chinook Indian family at Fort Vancouver and conducted the first ever excavations at Fort Astoria/Fort George in Astoria.
Exploring Fort Vancouver, co-edited by Doug and Theresa Langford, was released last year at a lantern-lit book launch inside Fort Vancouver. National Park Service archaeologists, curators, and historians penned the nonfiction book that tells the fort's story through artifacts; Fort Vancouver National Trust co-published the book with University of Washington Press. He also published an article in the Columbian, magazine for the Washington State Historical Society, in May.
Dr. Wilson's research interests include historical archaeology, method and theory, public archaeology, cultural resource management, and North America. He currently serves as the Historical Archaeologist to the Partnerships Program, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service and is the Director of the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute (NCRI), a partnership program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, Washington. He also volunteers as a commissioner on the Clark County Washington Historic Preservation Commission. This year he was honored with the Oregon Archaeological Society President's Award and in 2011 he won the John L. Cotter Award for Excellence in National Park Service Archeology, National Park Service.