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Inside Fort Lane. Medford Mail Tribune, July 17, 2005, by Paris Achen 

SOU students, under the direction of Associate Professor Mark Tveskov, uncovered evidence of a cabin burned to the ground in 1953 and foundation markers for the horseshoe shaped Fort Lane. Artifacts unearthed include a mouth harp, bronze earrings, porcelain and metal buttons, and Hudson Bay beads.

Archaeologists Excavating Fort Lane. The News-Review, July 16, 2005, by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press. 

Mark Tveskov, associate professor of anthropology at Southern Oregon University, and a crew of students and Southern Oregon Historical Society volunteers have been uncovering what is left with whisk and trowel, after more than a century of scavenging. It is the most extensive academic archaeological excavation to date of the site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Looting Mars Excavation Efforts. The Ashland Daily Tidings, July 20, 2005, by Paris Achen and

History Unearthed. The Medford Mail Tribune, July 1, 2005, by Paris Achen.

SOU Anthropology students shed light on the migration patterns of American Indians 4,000-5,000 years ago in the Rogue uplands.  Progress is hindered by looters, who dig up artifacts leaving crude holes and debris.

Students Get Hands On Dig Time. The Ashland Daily Tidings, June 29, 2004, by Bill Choy 

SOU Associate Professor, Mark Tveskov, and 12 SOU Anthropology students participated in a Bureau of Land Management dig of a site in the Lost Creek area, which they believe to have been used by either the Mollala or Takelma tribes about 1,500 years ago.  Students discovered a figurine, a few pieces of ceramics, and projectile points made from jasper or agate, among other items.

Student Dusts off Rare Figurine, Medford Mail Tribune, June 29, 2004, by Paul Fattig 

Just above Lost Creek Lake in the upper Rogue River drainage, SOU Associate Professor, Mark Tveskov, and several SOU Anthropology students dug up a variety of artifacts dating back 1,500 years ago.  Among the items unearthed was a human figurine only partially damaged by time; a rare find.

Researchers Uncover Tribal History. The World, July 29, 2003, by Amy Moss Strong   When Mark Tveskov, Associate Professor of Anthropology at SOU, looks across the expansive Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge he doesn't just see the wide array of birds, the river, marshes and bountiful wildlife viewing opportunities. He sees the past. And his job is to uncover it.

Stolen History. Medford Mail Tribune, July 6, 2003, by Paul Fattig

The theft of artifacts from an American Indian site in the Green Springs is the latest in an alarming increase in looting in Southern Oregon’s archaeological areas.

The Ruins of 200 Generations. Medford Mail Tribune, July 7, 2001, by Paul Fatting  

An unusual archaeological site on land managed by the BLM reveals signs of early civilizations and the recent foorprints of illegal looting. 

They may have come to this forested bench overlooking Butte Creek shortly after life returned to normal in the aftermath of the Mount Mazama eruption some 7,700 years ago.  They built pit houses - semi-subterranean dwellings - and cooked elk and deer and roasted camas roots dug from nearby meadows.  The Native Americans inhabited this site for more than 200 generations, each leaving evidence of having passed this way.

Tracing Lives on Pioneer's Highway. Medford Mail Tribune, June, 2000, by Paul Fattig

Standing in the quiet shade of the massive western juniper blazed by an ancient ax, you can almost hear pioneers plodding along the old wagon road.  There is the heavy clop of the oxen, the creak of a leather harness, the groan of a weary axle, the cry of a baby jostled in its sleep.