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ABOUT

Since retiring in mid-2016 from a long career as an archaeologist and X-ray analyst, I've begun to very gradually assemble this website as a way to organize several decades of academic research, my personal interests, and whatever else has struck my fancy over the years. Although I've now moved to Bend, Oregon, I grew up in the Oregon's Willamette Valley, spent most my university years at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, and eventually ran my archaeology X-ray lab, Northwest Research, out of Corvallis. I've visited the Bend region for work and for fun for well over 50 years and finally moved east in 2017 to be closer to three of my favorite places and prime research interest areas - the High Cascades, Newberry Volcano, and the Northwestern Great Basin (it also helps that Bend has the most sunny days of anywhere in the state). The contents of this website, although still rather incomplete, reflect both my professional interests and my love of the geology, archaeology, natural history, and diverse landscapes of the mountains and deserts of Central Oregon, the Southwest, and Hawaii.

The domain name deschutesmeridian.com was inspired by a former small business that I owned, Willamette Meridian. That latter name - Willamette Meridian - refers to the one of the axes of the north-south land grid meridian that was used as the basis of land claims in the Oregon Territory. The east-west axis of the grid is known as the Willamette baseline and the north-south axis is called the Willamette meridian. Originally marked by a stone, it is currently designated by a plaque in the Willamette Stone State Heritage Park in Portland.

Website Image Policy: Feel free to use any images found on this website - they're all meant to be in the public domain. Nonetheless, an acknowledgement of the photo source would always be appreciated.

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"What I don't see enough of, son, is first-rate archeology. "Now that's sad, because after all, archeology is fun. Hell, I don't break the soil periodically to 'reaffirm my status.' I do it because archeology is still the most fun you can have with your pants on."

Kent Flannery - The Golden Marshalltown


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10/07/2020
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