A Geoarchaeological Analysis Of Fort Clatsop, Lewis And Clark National Historical Park

Fort Clatsop Dig

Publication: University of Washington

Author: Julie K. Stein, et al.

Date of Publication: November 2006



Fort Clatsop, built and occupied by the Lewis and Clark expedition, served as the expedition’s winter encampment in 1805-1806, following their long cross-country journey. Upon the group’s departure in March, 1806, the fort rapidly decayed in the wet coastal forest of western Oregon. The National Park Service maintains a replica fort within the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park that is believed to sit on or near the site of the original fort. The original fort, however, has not been seen since the mid-19th century and, despite efforts, remains of the fort continue to elude archaeologists.