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April is full of awesome events! Pick one or more to enjoy!

2014 CASSP (California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program)

Volunteer training workshops:

April 26 – 27, BLM Needles Field Office, Needles
May 17-18, California State Parks, Northern Buttes District, Lake Oroville.  
June 21-22, California State Parks, Sierra District, Tahoma.  
June 28-29, Eldorado National Forest, Placerville.  
July 19-20, Los Padres National Forest, Goleta. 

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April 19, 2014, 9am

Field Trip to Mission San Antonio de Padua, RC Baker Memorial Museum and Shaky Valley Printing Museum in Coalinga  

Fresno County Archaeological Society

Meet at the Target store parking lot no later than 9:00am. We will be located on the Blackstone side between the used car lot and McDonalds.

Bring a picnic lunch for the San Antonio Mission stop and a full tank of gas if you are driving. No services after Coalinga. On the way back we will visit the two museums in Coalinga which are off of HWY 198 in town. Look for the old Richfield Gas Station on the right after passing McDonalds. You will see the buildings on the right just before the station.

For more information contact V.P. Activities, Ed Marsh 559 436 4431

April 26, 2014, 10:00am-12:00 pm

Early Ancestor Day

San Diego Archaeological Center

Escondido, CA
Come join us for an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about our early ancestors by touching and examining real hominin tools, some dating back to 900,000 years ago, and by watching how these tools were created during a stone tool making demonstration.

Dr. Shawn Carlson, MacArthur Fellow and Founder of LabRats™ Science Education Program, will lead children and adults through the primordial mist to a time when Neanderthals hunted mammoths and the first Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa. Participants will see one of the most extensive collections of authentic Neanderthal and Cro Magnon tools in North America. Anywhere else you would have to look at these through glass, but Dr. Shawn will let you pick up and hold the tools that our ancient ancestors created with their own hands! These original early ancestor artifacts have not been shown anywhere else in San Diego.

After families get the amazing opportunity to investigate Dr. Shawn’s early ancestor stone tools, they will get to watch a stone tool making demonstration by Victor Herrera, an experienced flintknapper and archaeologist. He will show everyone how these early stone tools were created by making them himself. This is the closest you can get to a direct experience between us and our prehistoric ancestors. Questions are strongly encouraged. This is a unique opportunity to teach children about our human evolution in an extraordinary way. Don’t miss this rare and remarkable event!

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April 26, 2014, Noon to 3:00 pm

Celebrate Santa Barbara’s 232nd birthday “Founding Day”

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

Step into the past and watch the Presidio come alive with Early California music and dance, pottery, blacksmithing, adobe brick making, archaeology, and more!

This free birthday celebration for the community begins at noon with the Chumash Inter-tribal Singers, a reenactment of the founding of the Santa Barbara Presidio in 1782,presented by Los Soldados de Cuera (soldiers of the Royal Presidio), followed by the presentation of Saint Barbara 2014 byReina del Mar Parlor # 126 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West.

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April 27, 2014

Field Trip to the Castro Adobe in Watsonville, CA

Santa Cruz Archaeological Society

Guided tours will be given at 11:00am and 1:00pm by Charles Kieffer and Rob Edwards.

Cost is free, but donations gratefully accepted. Parking is limited, please carpool.

For more information contact Pat Paramoure at ten.labolgcbsnull@nrocinustap

May 8, 2014, 7:30pm

Ritual Symbols in Rock Art:Cupules and Incised Grooves in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, Texas

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, Irvine, CA

Cara Ratner states,”Rock art at archaeological sites are often dismissed as a culturally symbolic representation that cannot be objectively or scientifically analyzed or interpreted adequately. Such dismissals are detrimental to understanding all aspects of a given culture.” Although uninformed interpretations of rock art panels are counterproductive, systematic recording and the testing of different hypotheses is a valid way to begin to better understand the possible range of social functions of rock art. This research examines whether indigenous women’s fertility is represented in rock art depictions, known as cupules and groove marks, in the archaeological record.  Cupules are defined as a boulder or rock slab covered with small rounded depressions (cupules), usually four to six centimeters in diameter and two to three centimeters in depth. Groove marks are deeply and narrowly incised lines rarely more than two centimeters in depth.  In this research, I systematically document and contextualize the pit and groove rock art style in the Lower Pecos, Texas. I also test whether cupules and groove marks are tied to a functional purpose with an experimental project.

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May 10, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm

Cast Making Workshop

San Diego Archaeological Center

Escondido, CA

Looking at artifacts behind a museum exhibit is nice, but who wouldn’t want to hold an authentic artifact in their own hands? Take that one step further, and imagine yourself not only getting to hold and examine a real artifact, but then getting to keep a cast of that artifact for your own collection! If that sounds enticing to you, be a part of an amazing workshop that will teach you how to create museum quality casts of actual artifacts.

Workshop Tuition: $25 Space is limited and you must register in advance.

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May 15-18, 2014

27th Annual Monache Gathering

Bone Creek Campground, Lower Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tulare County, CA

For more information contact Victoria Tanner MITA (760) 376-1109

May 31, 2014, 10:00am-3:00pm 

Go Native!  

Kaweah Oaks Preserve

Exeter, CA

A Native American Cultural Celebration. Open to the public. Bring chairs/ blankets.

For more information contact Jennifer Malone (559) 280-0712

June 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Postclassic La Venta, Tabasco, Mexico

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, Irvine, CA

Dr, Matthew Boxt will be the guest speaker. The Mesoamerican Postclassic has long been considered the time after the decline of Classic period centers like Tikal, Copan, and Yaxchilan, and the florescence of Chichen Itza and Tula. It ended with the Spanish conquest of 1518-1524. The Postclassic period is well represented by Tulum and Mayapan in the Maya region; by Mitla and Tilontongo in the Valley of Oaxaca; by Tzintzuntzan and other sites within the vast Tarascan Empire in West Mexico; by the Totonac city of Cempoala in Veracruz; and of course by the great cities of Cholula and Tenochtitlan in the Basin of Mexico. The goal of this presentation is to focus discussions of the Mesoamerican Postclassic on western Tabasco. Was the great Preclassic site of La Venta abandoned and its once vibrant support area depopulated during this latest pre-Hispanic time period? Or, did a shadowy Postclassic civilization overlie the famous and much more ancient Olmec deposits, overlooked by most early archaeologists? By marshaling archaeological and historic evidence, we explore what is known about the Postclassic period at La Venta and at neighboring sites. Future prospects for productive Postclassic archaeological research in western Tabasco are also discussed.

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June 14, 2014

Warner-Carrillo and Wilson-Kimball site tours

San Diego County Archaeological Society

Join the (SDCAS) on a tour of the historic Warner-Carrillo Ranch and trading post. This tour will be held with the guidance of historic archaeologist Susan Walter and the San Diego Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO).  We will meet and caravan from the Santa Ysabel store to tour the Warner-Carrillo Adobe and Barn. Following this, we will take a short hike to the Warner Trading Post site and complete our visit with another caravan to the nearby Wilson-Kimball site. Make sure to bring sun protection, hiking clothes, and plenty of water.

All SDCAS tours/field trips are open to SDCAS members only. 

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June 22-28 or July 20-26, 2014

NEH Summer Landmarks workshops for K–12 educators

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

CCAS is delighted to be able to offer two weeklong on a fascinating theme: Mesa Verde National Park: Convergences and Crossroads in the American Southwest. We’re writing to let our friends in the educational and archaeological communities know about this very special opportunity.

The Mesa Verde region of the American Southwest preserves approximately 1,800 years of Pueblo Indian history—yet this history is too often left out of textbooks. Who creates America’s history and culture? How do we understand the depth of time, the people, and the cultures that comprise our American past and inform the present? Guided by Crow Canyon archaeologists, educators, and American Indian scholars, workshop participants will address these fundamental questions amid the landscape and architecture of Mesa Verde National Park, the first place in the United States to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The workshop includes:

oExperiential learning focused on how we learn about the unwritten past

oHands-on archaeological fieldwork 

oField trips at Mesa Verde (with two nights at the park’s Far View Lodge)

We welcome applications from all interested participants—no previous anthropology or archaeology experience required! K–12 public, private, charter, parochial, and home-school educators are eligible, as are other K–12 school personnel, including administrators and librarians. Each scholar receives a $1,200 stipend to cover the cost of travel and living expenses for the workshop. For program details and application instructions, visit our website. The application deadline is March 4, 2014 (postmark). For information about all 2014 NEH Summer Institutes and Workshops, call 800.422.8975, ext. 157.

July 19, 2014, 10:00am-3:00pm

34th Annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo

Point Reyes National Seashore 

Point Reyes Station, CA

Please plan to attend this traditional Native American trade festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the Coast Miwok and other local American Indians at a variety of informational booths. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will perform.

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September 26-28, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm

Miwok-Paiute Basketry with Julia Parker

Yosemite Conservancy

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Yosemite National Park’s longest-tenured park employee, Julia Parker. Often described as a “national treasure” for ensuring the cultural legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite, Julia, along with her daughter, Lucy Parker, and granddaughter, Ursula Jones, will guide you through traditional basket-weaving techniques as you create your own unique basket. You will be immersed in Yosemite’s fascinating cultural history and hear the stories that have lived on through generations of families. This program begins Friday morning in Yosemite Valley and runs through Sunday afternoon. All materials are provided, and you will take home your own beautifulhandmade basket.

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