Students dig at Cooper's Ferry archaeological site

Idaho Partners in Preservation

Partners help the Bureau of Land Management identify, record, protect monitor and provide public outreach about cultural resources on Idaho public lands.

  • The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University serves as the state of Idaho’s designated repository for archaeological collections and data.
  • The Idaho State Historic Preservation Office supports Idaho Archaeology Month and develops archaeology education programs and materials including Project Archaeology.  Project Archaeology is an educational organization dedicated to teaching scientific and historical inquiry, cultural understanding and the importance of protecting our nation’s rich cultural resources. This national network of archaeologists, educators and concerned citizens are working to make archaeology education accessible to students and teachers through high-quality educational materials and professional development.
  • Each summer, Oregon State University and the BLM conduct an archaeological field school at Cooper’s Ferry just south of Cottonwood, Idaho. Cooper’s Ferry contains some of the earliest evidence of humans in the Pacific Northwest. Students from across the country have participated in this eight-week long course since 1997 and have cataloged over 30,000 items to-date.
  • Each year the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office organizes and promotes statewide opportunities for the public to learn about Idaho archaeology, history and historic preservation. This is a celebration of everything dealing with Idaho's archaeology and history. Events, presentations and programs have been reaching all corners of the state for over 25 years. Please join us in the celebration by attending one of our sponsored events.