Join the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a weekend filled with the archaeology of this beautiful desert. Events will be happening on Saturday and Sunday outside of the Visitor Center, presentations will be happening in the Discovery Lab inside the Visitor Center on Saturday, and field trips will be scheduled.
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Join us for a spooky time… at the Whaley House in Old Town. Learn about the Whaley family, San Diego life in the 1800s, and maybe even some paranormal activity. The tour will kick off at 6:30 pm. The first 15 SDCAS members to sign up are FREE but you must book your spot quickly. Non-members can join in on the fun for a cost of $6. We may not be able to accomodate all interested guests, so please RSVP as soon as possible.
RSVP to email@example.com by November 10th. Please let us know how many in your party are members and how many are non-members when RSVP’ing.
See you there!
Visit SDCAS booth that will be at the JDRF One Walk in Balboa Park.
JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!
When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can't do it without you.
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The 43rd annual Rock Art Symposium will be held on November 3rd at San Diego Community College District Educational Cultural Complex Theatre, 4343 Ocean View Blvd. San Diego, CA 92113.
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SDCAS is proud to present another chilling Halloween themed lecture, given by our resident supernatural (and archaeological/anthropological) experts. Quarantines, decrepit buildings, and hauntings. Asylums of many different types have long been associated with images of dank towers, long corridors, and nefarious staff. Why are some of the scariest places on earth also places where people were once sent for healing and hope? In this year’s talk we explore the history of sanitariums, and asylums in the western world beginning in the medieval period through to the early 20th century. A cautionary note that this presentation may include photos of human remains.
Karen Lacy has over 18 years of museum and writing experience as well as a Master’s degree in Museum Science and a Bachelor’s in History with minors in Art History and Anthropology. She recently completed a second Masters in Anthropology at San Diego State University. Karen co-founded Muse Curatorial Consulting Group, a company that specializes in collections care, training, grant writing, and exhibit development of archaeological, historic, library and archive materials. Previously, Karen was the Collections Manager of the San Diego Museum of Man for seven years and the Curator of Exhibits of the San Diego Air & Space Museum for 5 years.
Sandra Pentney has called herself an archaeologist for 18 years. Born, raised and educated in Canada, she moved to the US after said education showed her that choosing a career based mostly on being out of doors in a climate where the out of doors was frozen and under two feet of snow for 5 months of the year wasn’t the best choice. She spent the first five years in the U.S. enjoying fieldwork in the very temperate climate of California, and now is firmly planted indoors at a desk for 49 weeks out of the year. Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and her Master of Arts in Archaeology from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, which no one outside of Canada seems to be able to pronounce.
The San Diego County Archaeological Society (SDCAS) will be celebrating California Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 as part of our annual Arch in the Park event. The event will be held at the Los Penasquitos Ranch House at 12122 Canyonside Park Drive San Diego, CA 92129. Our goal is to educate the public about archaeology and to provide information on various career and volunteer opportunities with local archaeological companies and organizations. There will also be activities and games for kids. Join SDCAS for a fun-filled outing!
The SCA and the Anthropology Department at California State University Channel Islands are proud to collaborate on the 2018 Southern Data Sharing meeting in Camarillo, California on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Directions and details about the meeting room location and parking on campus will be provided in the near future.
Presentations will begin on Saturday morning, October 6th at 9 am on the CSU Channel Islands campus. Coffee/tea and pastries with be provided in the morning, as well as a catered lunch in the afternoon.
If you are interested in presenting a paper, reserving a camping spot, or volunteering to help at the event contact Sarah Nicchitta, SCA Southern Vice President, at SNicchitta@AlbionEnvironmental.com. Check out the SCA website and Facebook page for updated information.
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Join SDCAS and California State Parks for an opening reception of the Celebrating the Art in Archaeology Art Show. The reception will be from 5 pm to 8 pm at the California State Parks office at Liberty Station, 2797 Truxtun Road, Barracks 26, San Diego, CA 92106. Members of the public are welcome!
Come view the art, have a delicious snack, and vote for your favorite art work!
“No es lo mismo llamar al diablo que verlo venir”: climate change, changing weather and archaeological heritage as seen from Puerto Rico.
A popular proverb in Puerto Rico warns that “it is not the same thing to call the devil than to see him come”. For many years scientists have been warning about the potential impacts of climate change. In the last five to ten years archaeologists have been linking those impacts to heritage. These past two years, 2017 and 2018, have demonstrated the real-life meaning of changing weather – which eventually will add up to changed climate – and it is not the same to see the devil come. In the context of rapidly changing weather, heritage is a tool for adaptation, for recovery of lost knowledge, and for communication of locally relevant climate science. But at the same time, this reality puts heritage professionals at the front of a social, physical and cultural disaster that is simply overwhelming. This presentation will share the experiences of working with archaeological heritage and climate change research in Puerto Rico before, during and after a record-breaking catastrophic year of hurricanes and winter storms, and will contextualize the work of archaeology in the practicality of equity and justice from within the communities themselves.
Isabel Rivera-Collazo is Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological and Human Adaptations to Climate Change at the Department of Anthropology and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Rivera-Collazo is an environmental archaeologist specializing on geoarchaeology, archaeomalacology, coastal and marine processes, maritime culture and climate change, with regional interests in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Basin and the Neotropics (Pan Caribbean region); Israel and the eastern Mediterranean. Her research focuses on the effect that human activity has over island ecosystems through time, as well as how have people responded to climatic and environmental change in the past. Dr. Rivera-Collazo’s work focuses on resilience and adaptation, investigating what decisions enhance or reduce adaptive success. Taking an applied approach, Dr. Rivera-Collazo also works with local communities in the quest for understanding the current and expected impacts of climate change, including threats to coastal heritage. Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo has a MSc degree on Palaeoecology of Human Societies and a PhD on Environmental Archaeology both from the Institute of Archaeology,University College London. She is also Research Fellow of the Center of Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CATEC) and the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
Calling all artists! August 31, 2018 is the entry deadline for the Fourth Annual “Celebrating the Art in Archaeology” art show. To enter go to https://bit.ly/4ArchArt for art show info and entry form or email ArchaeologyArtShow@gmail.com for questions or other information.
Please find more information under the Art Show header on our website.
Presenters: Natalie Brodie, Rachel Droessler, and Patrick McGinnis
Join the SDCAS for a panel discussion of the challenges and unique experiences associated with protecting and managing cultural resources following natural disasters. Panel participants have completed archaeological studies following fires and hurricanes, and will discuss a variety of topics from agency resources, and working collaboratively with emergency responders.
Natalie Brodie is a Senior Cultural Resources Manager with LSA, and has been working as a professional archaeologist for the past 16 years. Ms. Brodie managed a team of archaeologists and biologists to respond to a series of wildfires in 2015-2016, in support of Southern California Edison. She is the current Second Vice President for the San Diego County Archaeological Society and is also a past-President of the Society. Ms. Brodie’s interests include historical archaeology, the history of water development, and GIS applications.
Rachel Droessler is an archaeologist and GIS specialist with ICF and has been working as a professional archaeologist for the past 8 years. Ms. Droessler served as a consultant program delivery manager for FEMA in Texas in support of the Hurricane Harvey disaster response. The program delivery manager position involves project management; primarily coordinating efforts between project applicants and internal FEMA teams, including the environmental group. Ms. Droessler served this role during the implementation of a new project delivery system from 2017-2018. She has also served as an archaeologist and GIS specialist for several local FEMA mitigation projects. She is the current Social Media board member for the San Diego County Archaeological Society and her interests include historical archaeology, San Diego history, Mesoamerican archaeology, and GIS applications.
Patrick McGinnis is a Senior Archaeologist with ICF and has been working as a professional archaeologist for 22 years. Mr. McGinnis was a former Secretary for the San Diego County Archaeologist Society. Mr. McGinnis served as a consultant environmental specialist for FEMA in New York in support of the Hurricane Sandy disaster response from 2012-2016. He also served a similar role for several FEMA mitigation projects including in American Samoa in support of the disaster response for the 2009 earthquake and tsunami. His interests include precontact archaeology, historical archaeology, and architectural history.
John O’Connor, RPA
University of Oregon and ECORP Consulting, Inc.
The Society Islands are of primary importance for understanding settlement patterns and human impacts among initial colonizing populations in East Polynesia. Archaeology on the island of Raiatea serves multiple roles in terms of academic research, archaeological and ecological conservation, and cultural education for island residents. Excavations at the megalithic Marae Tainuu have revealed changes in land use that are instrumental to understanding environmental and social change in the area of Tevaitoa, including pre-contact and post-contact effects on the coastal landscape analogous to other areas of the Leeward Group. The exposure of early architecture, hearth features, subsistence remains, and evidence for the manufacture and use of lithic tools gives insight into the spatiotemporal organization of human activity at this important heritage site. Ongoing research at Tevaitoa is helping to define the history of human activity at western Raiatea with consequences for local environmental management and community outreach. This work contributes to archaeological knowledge in Central East Polynesia, a corpus of information from which we can establish an archaeological baseline for human occupation at Raiatea and expand global knowledge of human-environmental interactions in island and coastal contexts.
John O’Connor is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, a Ph.D. candidate and Instructor at the University of Oregon Department of Anthropology, and the Cultural Resources Specialist for ECORP Consulting, Inc., in San Diego, California. His dissertation work concerns settlement chronology and human impacts on coastal ecosystems at Raiatea, Leeward Society Islands, French Polynesia. John works on professional resource management projects throughout California and the Hawaiian Islands, in addition to teaching and research activities in Oregon, French Polynesia, and the Kingdom of Tonga. John passionately supports the ethical management of natural and cultural resources, with supplementary interests in indigenous philosophy, traditional ecological knowledge, natural resource law, and environmental conservation and protection.
This study compares individuals who did not apply to the DACA program to those that did. It asks how immigrants decide to apply to programs that transition out of illegality, and looks at the chronic vulnerable availability created by the state through spaces of liminal legality and processes that are meant to transition out of illegality.
On May 19th, 1845 two ships left England in search of the fabled Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic to the Orient. Under the leadership of Captain Sir John Franklin, 128 men crewed the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror for what was planned to be a two-year expedition.
This presentation will outline the known facts of the expedition, and the 150-year search for the fate of the crew.
Join the San Diego County Archaeological Society for a guided trip to two archaeological sites within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park!
Where: Blair Valley Campground Kiosk, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Who: We’ll be joined by experienced guides, Sam Webb and Gary Holmes
What: Guided tours for both a prehistoric archaeological site and the Ghost Mountain Homestead archaeological site. Both areas are on established trails and we’ll be out there until about mid-day between the two areas. SDCAS will provide lunch and snacks.
Please RSVP by May 1st (up to 20 participants only!) to:
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and how many people will be joining you. More details will be sent out to participants a few days before the field trip.
Looking forward to seeing you out there!
La Rumorosa Rock Art Along the Border: A survey of Kumeyaay and related artwork in Southern California, Colorado River Corridor, Western Arizona and Baja California
“My Powerpoint explains the basis for the rock art in terms of Patayan and Kumeyaay culture. The Kumeyaay are thought to be descendants of the Patayan. Of the 30-35 slides, nearly all feature vibrant pictographs, some in DStretch format, which is explained.”
These ceremonial artifacts have been the subject of archaeological study for the past 200 years; however, only in the last 30 years, has research focused on the possible symbolic meaning and function of these offerings. This presentation brings a plausible understanding of these artifacts and what they probably represented to their ancient Maya creators.
Image by Michel wal - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5257555
"Such elaborate dental modification can signify the literal embodiment of one's culture, explained San Diego State University bioarchaeologist Arion Mayes, who has spent more than a decade poring over the ancient bones left behind in the Lower Río Verde Valley. In this region of Mexico, cutting, shaping and putting inlays into teeth is a dramatic gesture that in life likely conferred special status, and in death provides a window into the symbolism vital to B97-I107's society."
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2016-07-bioarchaeologist-dental-explore-ancient-people.html#jCp
Steve’s specialty is taking a physical anthropological approach to rock art research. Using anthropometric data collected in the late 1800s and early 1900s by the famous anthropologist Franz Boas, he developed a regression equation that assists in predicting the physical stature and gender of the makers of prehistoric hand impressions. The regional results of this research has been presented to the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO), SAA and ARARA. Currently, Steve serves as Program Chairperson for the San Diego Rock Art Association (SDRAA).
The Cerutti Mastodon (CM) site was discovered and excavated along State Route 54 in San Diego over a 5-month period during the winter of 1992-93 and yielded the partial remains of a single American mastodon (Mammut americanum) in association with evidence indicating that hominins broke the bones 130,000 years ago.
Tom Deméré, Ph.D.; Curator of Paleontology, San Diego Natural History Museum.
Our goal is to educate the public about archaeology and to provide information on various career and volunteer opportunities with local archaeological companies and organizations. There will also be activities and games for kids. Join SDCAS for a fun-filled outing!
Dr. Sinéad Ní Ghabhláin - Insights from Archaeological and Historical Investigations in Downtown San Diego
August 26, 2017 at 8:00pm at Los Penasquitos in the adobe
Title of lecture: Insights from Archaeological and Historical Investigations in Downtown San Diego
Dr. Sinéad Ní Ghabhláin has recently retired from ASM Affiliates after over thirty years working as an archaeologist in southern California and in Europe. In addition to her CRM work in California, she has also directed research excavations of a medieva monastery site on the Aran Islands, Ireland.
Sinéad Ní Ghabhláin will discuss archaeological and historical investigations in downtown San Diego that have provided fascinating insights into social and economic conditions in this small border town around the late nineteenth century. Her recent projects have included a luxury hotel catering to the wealthiest travelers, boarding houses of the working poor, and a saloon and brothel in San Diego's red light district, all dating to San Diego's boom years of the late 1880s.
July 22, 2017 at 8:00pm at Los Penasquitos in the adobe
Lecture reschedule of our delayed May lecture, Richard Shultz will discuss recent archaeological work from a site in La Jolla.
Mr. Richard Shultz has nearly 30 years of experience in Cultural Resources Management. Work opportunities have taken him throughout California, as well as allowed him to lead numerous projects across the greater West. His interests within the discipline are wide-ranging including land use planning, architecture, lithic analysis, gender politics, geomorphology, history, among many others. Mr. Shultz has been a long-time member of the Sea Level Rise Coastal Survey Project, and has been known to “get stuck in” whether it be accidently surfing 10-foot waves, traveling to Japan without remembering the language learned two decades before, or striking out for a solo over-night in Joshua Tree National Park.
Mr. Shultz will be discussing Nearly Lost: How Small Units and Deferring to Authority Obscured the Big Picture and Nearly Resulted in a Missed Buried Deposit in La Jolla, California
For many years small excavation units – 50x50 to 50x100 cm – have been utilized to gain understanding of the contents and contexts of sediments below the sod and streets of La Jolla Shores. As practice this is simple enough. However, add to this a 1920s grading operation, professional experiences with previously undocumented fill profiles, and when combined with small excavation unit archaeology almost missed the big picture, until a recent recovery-oriented excavation program exposed sediment profiles that were not what they were presumed to have been.
Kumeyaay Themed Game Night
Starting off our Summer Series, representatives from the Borona Cultural Museum will once again be sharing Kumeyaay Themed games with SDCAS! Get ready for BINGO in Iipay Aa. Be prepared for a vocabulary lesson in addition to a lively and interactive evening. There will be prizes!
*NOTE: This will be the first of our Summer Meetings this year, held on Saturday evenings in the courtyard at Los Penasquitos Adobe.
The Summer Saturday Evening Meetings will replace the usual 4th Tuesday Programs during the summer months only. There will be no 4th Tuesday Programs in June, July, or August.
The public is invited to arrive early and bring a picnic dinner, chairs, and drinks. It can get cool in the canyon at night - especially when there is "June Gloom" around, so long-sleeves, jackets, and/or blankets are reccommended. SDCAS will provide dessert.
Location: KCC Sycuan Cultural Center
Instructor: Martha Rodriguez
When: Tuesday 5:00pm-7:30pm
Come Learn to make traditional Kumeyaay Pottery
Starting June 13, 2017
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For info or to register contact:
Sycuan Cultural Department: 619- 445-6917 or email@example.com
Sycuan Cultural Department
910 Willow Glen Drive
El Cajon, CA 92019
Classes run from June 12th - August 3rd.
Non-credit classes cost $69.00 (payment due at registration)
Class for College Credit is extra through Cuyamaca College
Students must register with Cuyamaca College for credit:
or call: (619) 660-4275, fax (619) 660-4575