Visit Fort Lane with archeologists

An archeological dig at the site of Fort Lane, on Gold Ray Road in Central Point, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

Southern Oregon University's Laboratory of Anthropology is working at the site in collaboration with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department this summer. Anthropology students and faculty will focus on excavating one of the enlisted men's barracks. Last fall, excavation focused on the officers' quarters.

Fort Lane, occupied as a U.S. Army post from 1853 to 1856, was used in the Rogue River Wars and was built shortly after the signing the Table Rock Treaty that ceded title of the Rogue Valley to the U.S. and established the Table Rock Indian Reservation. After the war, troops vacated the fort.

The Fort Lane public archaeology day offers visitors a chance to talk with archeologists about the excavations, view uncovered artifacts, learn how the found items are cared for, and find out how archaeological sites are treated, interpreted, and preserved.

Parking at the site will be limited, so carpooling is recommended. For more information, contact Chelsea Rose at 541-552-6764.

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