What is a “Knoxit” bottle, how is it related to a glasssyringe found nearby, and what do they mean? Archaeologist Dan Martin wasconfronted with these objects and questions when he was involved in theanalysis of artifacts from the excavation of the Helen Gordon Child Center atPSU. The answer to this question will be answered at the February 7, 2012lecture sponsored by the Oregon Archaeological Society. 

Martin’s lecture, “Like a sore thumb: thematerial culture of sexual hygiene from the ‘restricted district’ of Sandpoint,Idaho” is a culmination of his work from the PSU and Sandpoint excavations. Hewill identify and provide a context for the excavated artifacts usingphotographs, non-archaeological resources for fragment identification, andhistoric and contemporary journal articles, textbooks and ads  that further the understanding of thecontraceptive methods and the treatment of venereal diseases as practicedduring that time.

Martin graduated from PSU and has worked extensivelyin his field performing archaeological surveys, excavating, testing,mitigating, and analyzing artifacts throughout the Northwest ahead ofpipelines, roads, transmission lines, and wind farm construction projects. Hehas also participated in extensive excavations for the National Park Serviceand is currently employed by CH2M HILL.

The presentation is held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) auditorium, follows the general business meeting that starts at 7 PM, and is free and open to the public.  See www.oregonarchaeological.org or call 503-727-3507 for more information.

The Oregon Archaeological Society works with agencies like SHPO, the State Historic Preservation Office, which is one of the statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust.  SHPO archaeologists provide education on cultural heritage issues, explain current state cultural resource laws and regulations and help resolve potential conflicts involving development, scientific research, and the respectful treatment of cultural resources.