Archaeology Month Events

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October is California Archaeology Month!

 Thursday, October 12, 2017

It’s Archaeology Month, and the PCAS October 12 meeting will feature Dr. Alan Garfinkel speaking on “Religious Symbolism in Eastern California Ghost Dance Paintings.” Free and open to the public. For information and directions, go to

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Thursday, October 12, 2017  – A Presentation by Jesse Phillips, B.A.

7:30 p.m. – Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz

“A New Perspective on Native American Bone Tools from

Northern California – What We Might Be Missing”

Archaeology Month 2017 – Events List

  • Tons of talks and events related to California archaeology! Click to see the full list.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1pm – 4pm

Celebrating California Archaeology Month at Maidu Museum & Historic Site

The Sacramento Archeological Society present “Archaeology – A Journey of Discovery from Ancient Origins to Recent Past”

“Pinnacle Point” by Allan Keown, Membership Chair of the Rennaissance Society at CSUS

“Pleistocene Coast South Africa – A Special Environment for the Evolution of our unique species” video presentation by Curtis Marean, PhD, Arizona State University

“Varsche River 003 (South Africa): recent investigations into behavioral variation during the Middle Stone Age and implication for modern human origins” by Teresa Steele, PhD, University of California Davis

“Archaeology of Emigrant Trail Routes” by John Winner, Past National President of Oregon-California Trails Association

Free and Open to the Public


Saturday, September 30, 2017

SLOCASLogoSLOCAS Archaeology Day 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017
SLO’s Mission Plaza
11AM to 4PM

This Event is Free

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA— Have fun, get dirty, and learn about archaeology!  The San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society (SLOCAS), in partnership with the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, will be hosting the second annual Archaeology Day at the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza to introduce kids and kids- at- heart to how archaeologists study the past.

This year’s event will focus on how history is revealed by using archaeological methods. Archaeologists will share their knowledge about the materials and cultures found on the Central Coast.

Demonstrations with hands-on educational activities will be led by archaeologists.  Participants will excavate, sift soils to reveal artifacts, record and interpret artifacts discovering clues about their potential use and place in time through the archaeological process.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about a profession and activities that aren’t typically available to the public and not widely taught in public elementary schools,” says Doug Jensen, Director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center and SLOCAS Board member.

The public will be able to interact with archaeologists who will engage visitors in discussing their local projects, enhanced by exhibits highlighting different aspects of archaeology.

So come down to SLO Mission Plaza on September 30 from 11am to 4pm and meet archaeologists as we celebrate Archaeology Day.  It’s good dirty fun!

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