Women in California Archaeology

The Women in California Archaeology (WCA) committee is seeking Core Committee member applicants. WCA Core Committee members Jennifer Darcangelo and Kristina Gill will be rotating off the WCA, making way for new participation. The position responsibilities include to promote the goals of WCA which range from annual fora at the SCA meetings to specific tasks throughout the year. Monthly phone conferences are required. Core-committee membership is a rotating position with at least a three-year commitment.

The WCA was formed in Spring 2012 to provide a venue for discussion related to women archaeologists in California. The WCA works to provide support and mentorship to women practicing archaeology in the state through individual and/or group interactions. Over the years, the WCA has organized forums and symposia, hosted film screenings, and established childcare at the annual meetings.

All nominees and self-nominees must be current SCA members. Please submit a paragraph statement summarizing interest to moc.liamgnull@ygoloeahcracw by September 1, 2021. Nominations and self-nominations are not restricted to gender. Nominees and their paragraph statements will be circulated through Survey Monkey, and SCA Members will vote prior to the 2022 Annual Meeting.

We hope you will consider submitting a statement.

WCA Core Committee:

  • Jennifer Darcangelo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Kristina Gill, Cultural Resources Manager, San Nicolas Island Environmental Division, Naval Base Venture County
  • Kaely Colligan, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc.

Please feel free to contact us (moc.liamgnull@ygoloeahcracw) if you have any questions.

Women's Oral History Project

Archaeology in California has changed drastically in the past five decades. The cut-off shorts, cigarettes, and bare-chested excavations of the 1960s and 70s are a far cry from the steel-toed, hard-hatted, CRM projects of today. Archaeologists whose early careers started in these decades are beginning to retire. Before they hang up their trowels for good, their stories and memories of the past need to be collected, preserved, and shared. Their experiences and the trails they blazed have helped shape archaeology in California today.

Many thanks to Annamarie Guerrero and Dana Shew, who pitched this idea to the board and began recording at the 2019 Annual Meeting. We present the first of the edited videos here.

More Coming Soon!