The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center continues its Special Guest Series featuring "Fort Clatsop: Enticing Clues and Opposing Opinions" presented by Ken Karsmizki on July 20 at 11 a.m.
Karmizki, assistant director at the center, will lead attendees through an in-depth look at the enticing clues and opposing opinions surrounding the search for Fort Clatsop.
He will begin with an overview of archaeological efforts at Fort Clatsop in the 1940s and 1950s and bring it up to date with remote sensing and excavations conducted in the 1990s.
As more scientists have become involved in this site, controversy has grown about what features are cultural, what artifacts present clues about Lewis and Clark and which are more recent, and how to proceed with archaeological investigations.
Find out why this controversy exists and learn how NASA is helping to analyze the Fort Clatsop site from space to aid in the search for this historic site.
Karsmizki began looking for clues that would validate the existence of Lewis and Clark camps after realizing no one had ever found a Lewis and Clark camp based on physical evidence. Since beginning in 1986, he has pursued 12 sites in seven states. His research has developed methods that are producing dramatic results.
Currently his research is the topic of a feature length Discovery Channel documentary entitled "In Search of Lewis and Clark."
For more information on this presentation, please contact the center at (541) 296-8600. All dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for confirmation.