The San Diego County Archaeological Society (SDCAS) will be celebrating California Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 20th, 2017 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!
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:
email@example.com 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
For more information use link below:
For info or to register contact:
Sycuan Cultural Department: 619- 445-6917 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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