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Underground History: Preservation And Archaeology Collide In Fire Zones

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Geoffrey Riley
JPR News
The ruins of a mobile home park in Talent.

Much of the work of archaeology is digging in the ground, looking for evidence of how people once lived and worked in structures that no longer exist.

Several thousand buildings that once existed in our region vanished practically overnight in the early September fires. Those include many modern homes, but some historically significant buildings as well.

We take up the issue of historic buildings lost, now archaeological sites, in this month's Underground History with Chelsea Rose of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology.

George Kramer works to preserve historic buildings in the region; Kuri Gill is the grant and outreach coordinator of Oregon Heritage, the state's historic preservation office. They discuss stories of buildings saved and lost in the fires.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.