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December 12, (Holiday Dinner Meeting)
Rock Art and the Cultural Landscape: A Study in the East Mojave
Presented by Don Christensen
Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
15500 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine
The Eastern Mojave Desert covers portions of California, Nevada, and Arizona and has a significant concentrations of rock art. In 1993 the author and his colleagues developed a research design to sample rock art in the region in a variety of contexts and dispersed -locations. Over the last twenty years this study went far beyond its original intent and evolved into a fairly comprehensive inventory that resulted in the recording of 345 sites with over 35,000 motifs. We are now in the process of analyzing and synthesizing this data into or some meaningful conclusions. This presentation represents a work in progress.
December 14, 9:30am-12:00pm
Day at the Ranch: Chumash
William S. Hart Park and Museum
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.
December 18, 6:00pm, dinner-7:00pm, meeting
Central California Ghost Towns and “Towns of Former Glory”
University Square Hotel
Micheal J. Seamus will take us on an exploration of towns, businesses and communities that once existed within 100 miles of the Fresno area. His presentation will include images from early photographs and postcards and will include examples of maps and documents.
RSVP to Anna Herrera at 323-8282
January 9 to February 14, 2014
Archaeology for Citizen Scientists Series
Colorado Desert District Headquarters, Borrego Springs
ABF is hosting a series of archaeology classes in conjunction with UC-Riverside. The series takes place every Thursday, 6:00pm-9:00pm and Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm. The class can be taken for 4 units of academic credit through UC-Riverside, or for no credit at all. Completion of the course will qualify you to become a member of the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society.
January 9, 2014, 7:30pm
Lecture: Stature and Gender Projections from Pictograph Handprint Evidence in Southern California by Steve Freers
Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine
The anthropometric and ethnographic analytical design from an earlier site-specific study of pictograph hand print impressions (Freers 2001) was applied to a regional analysis of 480 handprints from 49 rock art loci in southern California. The goals of this investigation were to infer the physical stature and gender of the most likely Native American participants by applying four published stature and gender predictive equations (Abdel-Malek 1990; Bhatnagar 1984; Jasuja 2004, Thakur 1987) and determine their field efficacy and predictive agreement level. The large sample size helps ameliorate some of the variability and control problems inherent in the metric analysis of pictograph handprints and provides statistically significant trends. The resulting data was analyzed against the backdrop of our current ethnographic understanding and contemporary assertions of regional rock art style and function. This visually rich presentation will demonstrate to the audience how the data aligns with examples of pictographic rock art comprising the La Rumorosa, Rancho Bernardo, and San Luis Rey Styles.
Annual Scholar Symposium
Sacramento Archeological Society
In 2013 Sacramento Archeological Society awarded six scholarships to support archeological/anthropological education. One of the recipients was unable to use the award and returned it. The other five will be speaking on the experiences made possible by the scholarships. Heather Benham, California State University – 76 Draw Site field school near Deming, New Mexico. The excavation included a dense artifact scatter dating to Casas Grandes Medio period, 1130 – 1450 BP. Cassandra Brainard, California State University, Sacramento – Paleo-indian bison kill site in Oklahoma.Antonietta Catanzariti, University of California, Berkeley – Middle Bronze Age Ceramic Vessels and new excavation project in Iraq. With a special permission from the Director of the National Museum of Beirut, Antonietta was able to performed XRF analysis on the ceramic vessels of Kamid el-Loz from the Middle Bronze Age. This study is part of her doctoral dissertation project. In addition she will report on a short survey in the western area of Sulemaniya in the Khurmal region in Iraq where she is developing her own excavation project. Kyle Lee-Crossett, Stanford University – Catalhoyuk Research Project in Turkey.Allison Wolfe, University of California, Berkeley – Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology Field School at Eagle Lake, CA.
February 21, 2014, 7:00pm
The Archaeology of Pluvial Lake Mojave
The Black Rock Visitor Center
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Dr. Ed Knell has over the past five summers taken undergraduate and graduate students from California State University, Fullerton, to the field to conduct archaeological research around Soda Lake (the southern of two now dry lakes that once formed pluvial Lake Mojave). The results of this on-going research will be presented, and avenues for future research around Lake Mojave described. Dr. Knell’s research program ultimately seeks to update our understanding of the way TP-EH foragers lived around Lake Mojave.
February 23, 2014, 8:00am-6:00pm
Rock Art of Southern California
Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Pilot Travel Station, North Palm Springs, CA
Discover the mystery of the enigmatic symbols left behind by the Indigenous Peoples with Daniel McCarthy. McCarthy will provide a glimpse into the life of the Native Nations through pictographs and petroglyphs preserved in stone. This all-day field class will carpool from the Coachella Valley to Corn Springs in the Salton Sea area and end in Idyllwild. Participants will not only have the thrill of seeing rock carvings and paintings in their original setting but will learn what is known of their stories. The class will also learn about the migratory patterns of the Native Peoples, their places of habitation, and the reason they traveled seasonally. Participants will drive about 150 miles during the class. Carpooling is recommended.
March 2, 2014, 7:30am-6:00pm
Intaglios Along the Colorado River
Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Oasis Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive, Twenynine Palms
Intaglios or large figures laid out on the ground are one of the unsolved mysteries of modern archaeology. Officially classified as rock art, there are over 300 intaglios in the American Southwest and Mexico. Daniel McCarthy will lead this all-day field class to three sites to explore these larger than life images. At the first stop, McCarthy will share stories from the Modern Mojave people and explain the cultural importance of a gigantic labyrinth, the Topock Maze and ending at the Blythe Intaglios, which are famous for multiple human-like figures. Participants will learn about these “gravel pictographs” and their significance. Participants will drive 250 miles during the class, from 29 Palms to Blythe where the class will finish. Carpooling is encouraged.
March 8-9, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm
Pine Needle Basketry
Joshua Tree Desert Institute
Black Rock Mountain Visitor Center
The craft of coiled basketry is practiced world wide using a variety of natural and man-made materials. Kathi Klopfenstein will teach you one of many techniques to start a coiled pine needle basket, basic stitching, how to shape your basket, and how to finishing your basket. You will learn about responsible collecting of pine needles, preparation, and storage your materials. A variety of coiled baskets will be available for the students to study. Kathi will provide the basketry materials. Students are asked to bring a small pair of scissors, small needle nosed pliers, and a notebook and pencil for taking notes. Bring a lunch and be ready to enjoy a weekend of basketry. Beginner and experienced coilers are welcome.
March 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Mark Harrington, Southwest Archaeologist
The 29 Palms Historical Society
Old Schoolhouse Museum
6760 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA
Join John Hale, in this interesting discussion of the life and work of Dr. Mark Raymond Harrington (1882-1971) who is noted for his extensive research into the archaeological cultures of southern California and the greater Southwest. He earned the nickname ‘the boy wonder of the archaeological world’ when he was only 19, a title he lived up to in the ensuing years.
March 20 – 23, 2014
SCA 48th Annual Meeting
Visalia Convention Center
March 23, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm
Native American Plant Uses
Desert Institute at Joshua Tree Park
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Morongo Valley, Ca
Discover the abundant uses of native desert plants during this one-day field class. Daniel McCarthy, edible plants expert, will teach participants about the plants historically harvested by the native peoples of Southern California for food, medicine, and utilitarian purposes. The program will start in the classroom with an overview of local Native American tribes and how culture defines plant use or the other way around. Attendees will also learn about plant communities, habitat, and distribution, focusing on the ethnobotany of key species found in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. In the afternoon, the class will follow the trails for a hike to identify edible plants found in the Preserve area. No plants will be harvested in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Respectful gathering practices will be discussed as well as restrictions collecting on federal lands and in the National Park.
April 15, 2014, 7:30pm
Early Humans in the Americas: When, Where and Why
Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco Chapter event
370 Dwinelle Hall
University of California at Berkeley
Steven R. Holen will present on the question of when humans first entered the Americas and by what routes has been one of the most vexing and controversial subjects in American archaeology for over 130 years. We discuss the history of the controversy and offer new evidence from our own field research that suggests humans entered the Americas thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
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.