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November and December 2014

Old Sacramento Underground Tour

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation

Sacramento History Museum

Sacramento, CA

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Today, you can join thousands of residents and visitors in uncovering the facts behind the legends that lie below our buildings and sidewalks. Explore
excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.

These hour-long guided walking tours check in at the Sacramento History Museum before heading out into Old Sacramento and descending below historic buildings. Be prepared to walk in areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings and get ready to learn and have fun all
along the way! During the summer months, please plan for very warm temperatures, as a portion of the tour is conducted outdoors and the underground spaces are not temperature controlled. Tours run rain or shine. Adults $15 Youth $10

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November 25, 2014, 7:30pm

“Climate Change and the San Diego Coast”

San Diego County Archaeological Society

San Diego, CA- Los Penasquitos Ranch House

Speaker: Max Jewett It’s a bird! It’s a Plane! Well…It’s sort of a plane 
Developments in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) over the past few years have allowed for their use among non-experts and the rapid development, at relatively low cost, of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) or drones. UASs use the UAV platform to carry a variety of sensors and payloads. One of the most important developments coming from this technology is the ability to collect aerial photos for photogrammetry at relatively low cost. The survey area on the San Diego coast is part of a much larger effort by the Society for California Archaeology in conjunction with the San Diego County Archaeology Society to map cultural resources at risk of damage by climate change. Mapping these areas will aid in the identification and evaluation of at risk sites. This paper explores the uses of the UASs during the project and the data that they will contribute to the overall project. Max Jewett, a recent graduate of the University of Denver (BA), is currently an archaeologist at Burns & McDonnell and is based in Denver, Colorado. He has participated in projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Texas. Max is currently working to bring Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, into American Archaeology.

November 29, 2014, 9:00am 

Saturday Morning Fall Hike

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Learn about natural and cultural history as knowledgeable docents tell you about the unique features of Red Rock Canyon State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center on Abbot Road. The trail is an easy walk on sand.

The park is 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14, near Cantil.

November 29, 2014, 1:00pm

Guided Adobe Tour

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Santa Cruz, CA

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is FREE. Tours are conducted rain or shine. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz

December 1, 2014, 7:00pm

Ancient Irrigation Systems at Petra

Fresno County Archaeological Society/San Joaquin Valley

Lecture Hall, University Business Center, Fresno State University

Fresno, CA

Welcome a new speaker to our podium: Dr. Charles Ortloff, a Bay Area engineer who began his career designing missile nose cones. For almost forty years, however, he has used his expertise in fluid mechanics to study ancient irrigation systems. Dr. Ortloff has participated in archaeological projects in Peru, Bolivia, Thailand, and Jordon – it will be the latter area that will be the focus of his talk to us. You can look forward to a great lecture on the ancient irrigation systems at Petra.

Please remember to purchase a parking ticket to use the lots adjacent to the UBC – and please avoid the “yellow” spaces until after 7:00 pm.

December 3, 2014, 12:30pm

Archaeology for Cultural Revitalization and Ecological Conservation on the Central California Coast

UC Santa Cruz, Social Sciences 1 Room 261

Santa Cruz, CA

Rob Cuthrell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley is the speaker for the December Archaeological Lunch Talks.

December 5, 2014, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Georeferencing Historical Maps in ArcGIS

Archaeological Research Facility Sponsored Workshop

UC Berkeley 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Speaker: Nicholas Tripcevich, Lab Manager, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

This workshop will present techniques for georeferencing 19th century maps of the US into ArcGIS 10.x.

Reservation required

Reservation info: This workshop costs $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Make reservations online.

December 6, 2014, 5:00pm-8:00pm 

Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

Lancaster, CA

Visit on Saturday, for an old-time country Christmas celebration! The museum, which was built as a homestead in the 1930’s, will feature a chili cook-off, country craft boutique, homestead-era holiday décor, and cowboy songs and poetry from out on the range performed around a blazing bonfire! Explore the unique hand-built museum and soft, warm lighting of the whimsical historic grounds, with the wintery night sky sparkling over the desert.

Sit around a blazing bonfire under the stars as cowboy singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons romantic poetry about life on the range that was composed by cattlemen during their journeys across the old west, and was shared at the end of their long workdays around the campfire. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.

Find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts at the country craft boutique. The crafters carry on the artistic spirit of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find unique gifts!  Please note; cash or check only for boutique purchases.

The event also features a chili cook-off, as Howard’s wife Rose was known for her tasty chili and cornbread feasts at their 1930’s holiday celebrations. Park visitors can enjoy the contest submissions with complementary cornbread provided by The Lemon Leaf Café.  This year, Rose’s original chili will also be featured at the holiday festivities for the first time in 65 years!  Our 2014 judge will be our new ranger Colin Daxon, who recently joined the department.

Historic grounds tours will be offered repeatedly throughout the evening.  Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.

Participants are currently being sought for the chili cook-off and craft booths; contact Jean Rhyne at (661) 946-6900 or for information and an application. 

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December 7, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm

Geology and Cultural History of Cottonwood Spring

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Cottonwood Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park
Cottonwood Exit off of Highway 10

Stretch your legs and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Cottonwood Mountains with Ted Reeves in this all-day field class.  Reeves will discuss the rocks and minerals of Cottonwood Mountains and tell stories of the people who eked out a living in the Cottonwood Spring area during the late 1800s.  Participants will walk six miles through the rolling hills of the Colorado Desert.

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December 7, 2014, 11:00am-3:30pm

San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park Battle Day

San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association

San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA

Commemorate the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual. Learn more about the battle fought between California during the Mexican War. The event will include military and mountain men encampments, period demonstrations and entertainment.

For more information, call 760-737-2201 or 619-220-5422

December 9, 2014, 7:00pm

Featured speaker Rachael Olsthoorn

Ventura County Archaeological Society

Chumash Indian Museum

Thousand Oaks,CA

Rachael Olsthoorn will discuss interesting happenings on several field schools she has worked.

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December 10, 2014, 7:00pm

Archaeology, History, and the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

Fullerton Arboretum

Fullerton, CA

Dr. René Vellanoweth, California State University Los Angeles, is the speaker for the evening. Since the 1960s, many have read the award-winning children’s novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, a story about a young Native American girl who lived alone on an island for 18 years. Now, new chapters will be written with the recent finding of a shelter recognized as the home of this fabled “Lone Woman” of San Nicolas Island. René Vellanoweth, PhD was part of the team of archaeologists who discovered the cave and a box filled with artifacts that belonged to Juana Maria. Dr. Vellanoweth will share his discoveries and insights into this amazing find.

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December 11, 2014, 6:30pm potluck; 7:30pm lecture

Holiday Potluck and lecture – Dr. Brian Fagan

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club

Irvine, CA

Dr. Brian Fagan will speak on “The Intimate Bond: How Animals Changed History.” We’ve lived in close association with all kinds of animals since the Ice Age. But how have animals and our relationships with them changed history? Brian Fagan tells a little known story of respect and partnership, of love and cruelty, of ways in which the ever-changing relationship between animals and humans has defined and changed history. He starts in the world of humans as predators, explores the controversies over the domestication of dogs at least 15,000 years ago. We learn how a once cherished partnership became one of domination and exploitation with the coming of farming and animal husbandry some 10,000 years ago. The later relationship between humans and animals is a complex historical tapestry. We explore the remarkable achievements of the donkey, the revolutionary impact of the horse, and discover how the saddle made the camel a useful beast of burden. We travel with Assyrian donkey caravans, accompany Mongol nomads, and go deep below ground in coal mines with Victorian pit ponies. The story ends with the story of our growing obsession with pets, which began with the Romans, flourished during King Charles II’s time, and became a popular obsession in the nineteenth century. You’ll never think of animals the same way again . . .

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December 12, 2014, 6:00pm–8:00pm; December 13, 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

An Introduction to the Cahuilla

January 16, 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm; January 17, 2015, 8:00am–5:00pm

An Introduction to the Kumeyaay

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

The Cultural Landscape of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — Past and Present

Dr. Joan Schneider

$85 / $75 for ABF Members

$160 / $140 for both classes

These classes will give students an appreciation of how the Native Peoples of the Colorado Desert and the bordering mountain ranges viewed, and still view, the lands in which they lived and live. This is a holistic look at how people who consider themselves part of the natural world use and care for that world.

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December 12, 2014, 7:00pm

Mining in the Region of Joshua Tree National Park

The 29 Palms Historical Society 

Old Schoolhouse Museum
Twentynine Palms, CA

D.D Trent, Ph.D. Geology, Professor Emeritus, Citrus College

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December 13, 2014, 9:30am-12:00pm

Day at the Ranch: Chumash

William S. Hart Park and Museum

Newhall, CA

Come visit and experience life in an historic Chumash village. Learn how the Chumash lived 500 years ago, including how they gathered and prepared food, how they built their homes, what they did for fun and so much more.

Free admission, donations accepted.

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December 17, 2014, Dinner is at 7pm, lecture to follow

Stagecoaches of the Central Valley

The Westeners

University Suites Hotel, Fresno, CA

Bill Secrest, Sr. is the scheduled speaker.

You must rsvp for dinner. 559-323-8282

January 2, 2015, 10:00am- 4:00pm

Free First Fridays Program

San Mateo County History Museum

Redwood City, CA

Not only is admission free the entire day, but two programs are planned for the public without any fees.  At 11:00 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about cars.  They will make cardboard autos for taking home. Then Museum staff will conduct a special program in its Journey to Work transportation gallery.  Here the youngsters will hear the story, Cool Cars.  At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the Museum for adults. 

 The San Mateo County History Museum is located at 2200 Broadway within the 105-year-old “Old Courthouse” in Redwood City.  It features exhibits related to the use of natural resources, suburban development, ethnic experience and entrepreneurial achievement on the Peninsula from the times of the Ohlone Indian through today.  The Museum is open every day except Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The “Free First Fridays” program is sponsored by the Edmund and Jeannik Littlefield Foundation and the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.  For more information 

January 13, 2015, 7:00pm

“VEN 632/Chumash Museum Project”

Ventura County Archaeological Society

Chumash Indian Museum

Thousand Oaks, CA

Deb Roman on: re-examining the evidence using archaeometric methods on artifacts collected in the 1980’s.

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January 2015-May 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Symposium: “Challenges to Joshua Tree National Park”

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Bell Center, Copper Mountain College

January 16, 2015 “Water In a Decade of Drought”

Panelists: Dr. William Patzert, California Institute of Technology, Marina West, Big­horn Desert Water District, and Kirby Brill, Mojave Water Agency

February 20, 2015 San Bernardino County Renewable Energy, Development Codes Updates

Panelists: James Ramos, Supervisor, San Bernardino County, David Lamfrom,

National Parks Conservation Assoc. and panelist to be determined.

March 20, 2015 Engaging a New Generation of Park Stewards

Panelists: Mike Chedester, The Living Desert, Caroline Conway, The Wildlands Conservancy, and Cindy Zacks, Educator, Yucca Valley High School

April 17, 2015 Climate Change Response

Panelists: Cameron Barrows, Research Scientsist, UC Riverside, Ian James, Investiga­tive Reporter, The Desert Sun and JTNP Resource Staff

May 15, 2015 Putting It All Together – Achievable Action Items

Panelists: David Smith, Superintendent, JTNP, April Sall, The Wildlands Conservancy

Each event is Free, but pre-registration is required.

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January 21, 2015, Dinner is at 7pm, lecture to follow

History of Fresno’s Water Tower

The Westeners

University Suites Hotel, Fresno, CA

Roger Taylor is the scheduled speaker.

You must rsvp for dinner. 559-323-8282

February 18, 2015, Dinner is at 7pm, lecture to follow

History of Water in the Valley

The Westeners

University Suites Hotel, Fresno, CA

Christopher Campbell is the scheduled speaker.

You must rsvp for dinner. 559-323-8282

February 22, 2015, 2:00pm

Village Ecodynamics in the American Southwest

Archaeological Institute of America-Orange County Chapter

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall, Concordia University

Irvine, CA

Tim Kohler, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Senior Principal Investigator for the Village Ecodynamics Project.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Native American Style Pottery

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Instructor: Tony Soares

$160 / $150 for ABF members

Tony Soares learned pottery-making techniques from his grandmother, and has refined his skills over the years to yield beautiful ollas. Soares will demonstrate his skills and guide participants in the process of creating their own olla using hand-dug clay from the area. The first day of this two-day workshop is devoted to learning how the clay is made, how paints are made and used to decorate pottery, and building your own pot. After the pots have had a week to dry, participants return to paint their piece before the pots are fired using traditional pit firing (weather permitting).  Participants will see traditional designs used on prehistoric ollas from the Anza-Borrego region and paint designs on their pots with authentic pigments. The class will also offer the opportunity to make a supportive ring from palm fronds to stabilize your pot when on display.

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February 28, 2015, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Archaeology of Asian diasporic settlements in California colloquium

Riverside & Inland Southern California Society of the Archaeological Institute of America


Riverside, CA

Presentations by

Laura Ng, National Park Service: Archaeology of Manzanar

Linda Bentz, SDSU: Chinese abalone harvesting sites in the Channel Islands

Beth Padon, Discovery Works, Inc.: Redlands Chinatown excavations

John Foster, Greenwood Associates: LA Chinatown excavations

Kholood Abdo-Hintzman, Applied Earthworks: San Bernardino and San Louis Obispo Chinatown excavations

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March 6-7, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Balboa Park: 1915 and Beyond

Annual Two Day History Conference

Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Recital Hall, Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

In honor of the year-long Centennial Celebration of the first Balboa Park Ex­position, held in 1915, the theme for the two-day conference is: Balboa Park: 1915 & Beyond. Interesting videos and presentations about the history of the park have already been accepted by the Conference Planning Committee, led by President Dianne Cowen.

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March 7, 2015, 11:00am-4:00pm

Arizona Archaeology Expo

Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

Yuma, AZ

Celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month. The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and the prehistory and history of Arizona. Archaeology- and/or history-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events will be featured.

In addition, Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge requirements can be fulfilled at the Expo. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest.

Demonstrations and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, information on archaeological sites, museums, and historical period parks in and around the local area will be highlighted.

The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.

April 12, 2015, 2:00 PM

Recent  Work on the Peruvian Coast

Archaeological Institute of America-Orange County Chapter

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall, Concordia University

Charles Stanish, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology and Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.

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June 14-July 4, 2015

Gems of Turkey Tour 2015

Julie Roller & John O’Neill – Tour Leaders

Western and Central Turkey

Cities in Cappadoccia, Silk Road Caravansaries – just some of ancient sites that we offer on our tour to Turkey, the historical crossroads where Europe and Asia meet. We’ll explore the historical sights of this great country while enjoying the “good life” that travel in a Mediterranean based country provides.

Hello. Our names are John O’Neill and Julie Roller. We are a husband/wife team from California offering a 21-day tour to Turkey, June 14 – July 4, 2015. We would like to make this tour available to your members for the affordable price of $3,590, excluding airfare. We offer our tour as a way for your members to visit ones of the most archeologically-rich countries of the world at a fair price. We, along with our Turkish partners,, operated our Gems of Turkey tour in 2013. On that trip, one professional and two amateur archeologists joined us, and they were both surprised and enthralled by the large number of well-preserved ruin sites and our ability to get them to there at the best times to visit. “We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman. Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through
beautiful ancient places. Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures. Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey. It is an incredible country for anyone
interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too! We highly recommend this tour.” Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ

In appreciation of your willingness to announce our Gems of Turkey tour to your membership, we will donate $200.00 to your organization for each member or other person who travels with us through your referral. We have a tradition of working with non-profits through our small Turkish import company, Bluestone Imports, having donated several thousand dollars in fund raisers to various non-profits since 2010. We feel our tour would be especially attractive to your members as one of our main foci is to visit archeological sites and key museums that contain the best from the numerous ancient cultures of this land. Turkey is home to a large number of excellent Greco/Roman sites, and you can get up close and personal with the ruins. We have been to Turkey every year since 2005 and have made extensive and repeated visits to many sites. We know the best times of day to visit the more famous sites to avoid large crowds, and we know stunning ruin sites that most people never visit and that are never crowded.

We have a limit of 16 persons and travel in a comfortable mid-sized bus following an itinerary that has been developed for the independent traveler type who enjoys a slower pace and the opportunity for some exploring on one’s own. Overall, the tour is designed to be a fun, leisurely, yet active exploration of this interesting, beautiful, and increasingly important country. In addition to visiting historical places, we will spend time in beautiful natural settings along the Mediterranean and in the Cappadoccia region of central Turkey, and soak up the culture with the food/drink, people, and music of this magnificent country. With the personal friendships that we have developed over many extended trips to Turkey, we are able to offer a unique journey for only $3,590 for twenty one days. This price includes the services of a professionally-trained, English-speaking Turkish tour guide, all hotels (generally smaller family-run places) with breakfast, all travel costs in Turkey, entrance fees to the historical sites, 3 boat trips, some dinners, a cooking class in an Istanbul home, a whirling-dervish performance in an 800-year-old caravansaray with an opportunity to meet the dervishes, and an insider tour of the very important ongoing archeological dig at Catal Hoyuk (7600-5800BC) through our contacts with Dr. Ian Hodder, the leader of the dig. We offer the ease of mind of having Americans running the tour. With our small group size of16 people, and due to our deep knowledge of Turkey’s archeological sites, its culture and its natural beauty, we hope that you find our tour suitable for the members of your organization to join us in exploring this important and fascinating country. Attached is our flyer that presents the details of the tour. Please share this letter and flyer describing this special opportunity with your membership. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, John O’Neill and Julie Roller Santa Cruz, Ca. USA 831-515-8022 ude.mvwnull@llieno.nhoj