Local history uncovered in summer dig program

If You Go

What: Archaeological dig at Fort Vancouver’s Ryan site

Where: Just north of the fort stockade, 1001 E. Fifth St., near the Post Exchange

 When: June 27 through July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday

The legacy of William Ryan will be explored this summer at Fort Vancouver. Archaeologists hope to learn — among other things — precisely which William Ryan they’re studying.

The excavation project in Vancouver Barracks is part of the annual archaeology program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The summer program gives members of the public several free insights into archaeology in the Northwest’s most history-rich location.

The opportunities include a series of four Thursday public lectures at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center; “Kids Dig!” children’s program on three Saturdays in July; and the annual field school, held in partnership with Washington State University and Portland State University.

The field school runs from June 27 through July 28. Tuesday through Saturday, members of the public can drop in from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and learn about archaeology from college students and professionals while they are excavating and documenting the dig.

Public field school

This year’s activity will include a spot in the lower Vancouver Barracks area, near the…

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