Upcoming Events

Pictographic Clues on the Cultural Landscape of Southern California
7:30 PM19:30

Pictographic Clues on the Cultural Landscape of Southern California

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).

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The Cerutti Mastodon Site
7:30 PM19:30

The Cerutti Mastodon Site

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.

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Arch in the Park 2017
10:00 AM10:00

Arch in the Park 2017

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!

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8:00 PM20:00

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.

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8:00 PM20:00

Richard Shultz - Nearly Lost: How Small Units and Deferring to Authority Obscured

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.

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7:00 PM19:00

SDCAS Summer Saturday Evening Meeting

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.

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11:30 AM11:30

Kumeyaay Community College class: Kumeyaay Language I

For info or to register contact:

Sycuan Cultural Department: 619- 445-6917 or

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

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