Virginia L. Butler is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University. Her research focus is zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from archaeological sites, which she uses to examine long-term relationships between people and fish. Her interest in Cressman stems from her 1980s dissertation research investigating the salmon bones from The Dalles Roadcut site, which he excavated in the 1950s. Her geographic focus is western North America. She has published papers in a range of journals including American Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of World Prehistory, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Quaternary Research, and Ecology and Society.
Luther Cressman (1897-1994)
Known as the father of Oregon archaeology and anthropology, Luther Cressman conducted pioneering archaeological work in the 1930s through the 1960s and established the broad outlines of Oregon’s ancient human history and occupation by Native peoples. He helped establish the anthropology department at the University of Oregon and supervised the …