JeffX | May 1, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Digging Into The State Of Jefferson

Students dig at the Peter Britt home site in Jacksonville.
Credit Southern Oregon University

For a place that's not a real state, there sure are a lot of things named "Jefferson." 

Those include an annual meeting to discuss history and archaeology in the mythical state of Jefferson, set for next week (May 7-8). 

Recent and not-so-recent developments and discoveries will be discussed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Archaeology On The Big Screen

Credit Wikimedia

We don't all have it in us to dig in the dirt for signs of past life and civilizations. 

But we certainly can watch the people who do. 

And there's ample opportunity to watch, as Ashland's ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum presents a series of archaeology films

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Jefferson Exchange | October 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Excitement Over Old Caves

Evidence of human habitation from 14 millenia ago. What kind of evidence? Uh, better listen...

In a world that applauds the latest and greatest, it's refreshing to see a big celebration over some decidedly old information: humans living in south central Oregon more than 14,000 years ago. 

They left a few bits of evidence of their existence in the Paisley Caves. 

And those caves have now been added to a list of the country's most important places. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Taking Southern Oregon Archaeology National

Chelsea Rose working in the field.
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

It's not exactly playing in the dirt, but it's close. 

Archaeology allows its practitioners to spend time literally digging up pieces of our history. 

And Southern Oregon University archaeologist Chelsea Rose is getting noticed for it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:55 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Documenting The Best (And Worst) Of Archaeology

Archaeological dig in the United Kingdom.
Credit David Glass/Wikimedia

Much of our history is underfoot, literally. 

Archaeology is all about digging into the ground to find clues to previous inhabitants and previous civilizations. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 4, 2013
11:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Digging Up Jacksonville's Chinese Memories

Eni Yan cooked for Jacksonville pioneer and community pillar C.C. Beekman
Credit Southern Oregon Historical Society 5868

When the precious metals in the streams around Jacksonville (Oregon) began to play out in the mid-19th century, many of the white miners abandoned the search for riches.

And that just created opportunities for Chinese miners, their friends, and other workers. 

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