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2014 CASSP (California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program)

Volunteer training workshops:

August 23-24, BLM Hollister Field Office, Hollister

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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 21-25, 2014

Hands On Archaeology Summer Camp

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

Roseville, CA

Dig up artifacts from Roseville‘s ranching era. Teens will learn about archaeological tools, techniques and methods for reconstructing the past in this week long camp. Pre-registration required. For ages 12-16.

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August 19, 2014, 4:30pm-6:30pm

History Discussion: Rancho Azusa

San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association

Escondido Library

Escondido, CA


September 13, 2014, 11:00am-4:00pm

Fundraiser at the Historical Las Flores (c. 1867)

Camp Pendleton Historical Society

MCB Camp Pendleton, San Diego County, CA

Tours, book signings, War Dog demonstration, Indian Basket Weaving, food vendors, silent auction and more.

$20 per person in advance, $30 at the door. Children 12 and under FREE.

Send check payable to CPHS (For Reckless Fund) to: Gerald Polyascko, 177 Pamela Dr. Fallbrook, CA 92028


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 beautiful handmade basket.

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October is California Archaeology Month!

Check the calendar, Archaeology Month

Events, for programs in your area.