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Archaeology and History Beneath the Sea __ "The purpose of this paper is to briefly outline three past examples of what could be done with different submerged cultural resources. They are not necessarily California's best examples of what has been done, but rather shows a slow progression of what is being done to better understand maritime heritage resources."  A good overview of selected projects. - illustrated - From -


Archaeology, History and Museums - California State Parks __ Learn about the large numbers of archaeological treasures and sites under the care of Califoria State Parks. - illustrated - From -


Archaeology at the Presidio - Presidio of San Francisco __ "While the Presidio~ez_rsquo~s remarkable past is visible in landscapes, historic buildings, and even spectacular views, more of the story lies beneath the surface. These layers of buried history reveal how people lived here and shaped the land over time."  A good overview of Presidio archaeology with photos and text. - illustrated - From -


Calico Early Man Site __ Explore the information provided in many articles and decide for yourself about this controversial early man site. - illustrated - From -


California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program, of the Society for California Archaeology __"The California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program (CASSP) is a network of concerned people committed to protecting California's rich cultural heritage. The program recruits professional archaeologists and trained volunteers as stewards to monitor sites throughout the state. Stewards promote protection through monitoring, education, research, and public awareness. Their presence on site enhances the preservation of California's cultural resources for all." - From Society for California Archaeology -


California Archaeology __ "California Archaeology contains a record of past human activity that is as long and rich as anywhere in the New World. Our collective past has a tradition of study that stretches back to the arrival of the first Europeans and continues today encompassing a wide array of academic and government institutions, cultural resource management firms and grass roots advocational groups and societies." You will find an overview of California archaeology and links to related materials. - illustrated - from -


California Archaeology Museum Directory __ Listing of archaeology museums in California. - From -  
California Channel Islands Laboratory __ Find an overview of archaeological research at California's channel Islands. The purpose is to aid in the understanding of the more maritime-oriented and complex hunter-gatherers of the world, primarily those of the North American Pacific Coast. - illustrated - From Dr. Jeanne E. Arnold - -- Home Page __ "This site is edited by professional archaeologists, anthropologists, prehistorians and other specialists, and is designed to collect and make available the results of over a hundred years of research." Keep an eye on this place. They are new and the potential is enormous. You may want to check back often. - illustrated - From -


California's Chumash Indians: Roughly Hewn Beads Are Child's Play, Archaeologist Finds __ Learn what has been decided by one archaeologist about anomalous artifacts excavated at former settlements on the Channel Islands. - illustrated - From -



Category:Archaeological sites in California __ Index of articles relating to California archaeology found in Wikipedia. - From wikipedia -


Chumash Archeology in Pismo Beach, 1969 | Photos from the Vault __ Photos and article about this 1969 dig. - illustrated - From - 

Collections for Research __ Here you will find examples from collections of artifacts found at California archaeological sites. Use the links on the right to access more detailed information. - illustrated - From -


DeMille's Lost City __ "Learn about the excavation of an ancient Egyptian city on the beaches of California. (?????) You will find an excavation history, photos, site history, and more. The main gate of California's lost Egyptian city was 700 feet wide and 120 feet high. It's quite a pile to lose in the dunes at the beach." - photos -

dig: California Archaeology Events __ "dig's guide to special archaeological programs, events, and exhibits in California" - From -


Digging San Francisco - Archaeology __ Allen Pastron reflects on a quarter-century of work in this interview providing a general overview of the history of archaeology in San Francisco. - From -  


Historical Archaeology of 3 San Francisco Neighborhoods __ "The Loma Prieta Earthquake damaged the San Francisco-Oakland freeway system and created an unprecedented opportunity for historical archaeology in the densely urban areas in Oakland and San Francisco."  An extensive report on the research.  The reports are PDF files. - From -


Hush-hush archaeology __ Learn how scientists and Native Americans conducted a major dig before the government's triple border fence destroyed everything.  A news article - From -  

Industrial Archaeology in California __ Explore several industrial archaeology sites in California. Visit a ghost town just south of San Francisco or the mine tunnel in the middle of the UC Berkeley campus. - illustrated -


Lesson Planning, Lesson Plan Formats and Lesson Plan Ideas __ How to produce a lesson plan and not just for archaeology either. - From - 


Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project __ A bibliography of publications and reports. - From -


Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma) __ "The first systematic historical archeological investigations at Sonoma were begun in September 1953, and focused on understanding the architectural evolution of the existing adobe chapel and the convento, or priests' quarters."  It has come a long way since then. - illustrated - From -


New archaeological evidence reveals California's Channel Islands as North America's earliest seafaring economy __ "Evidence for a diversified sea-based economy among North American inhabitants dating from 12,200 to 11,400 years ago is emerging from three sites on California~ez_rsquo~s Channel Islands..."  An article. - From -


Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Entry Redevelopment Project __ "In March 2000, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) completed construction of the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Entry Redevelopment project, which included extensive landscaping and reconstruction of the McCoy House. This project used funding from a variety of sources, including a grant for landscaping work provided under the Federal Transportation Enhancement Activities (TEA) program. A detailed "Archaeological Treatment Plan" was implemented to protect cultural resources present in the project area. The net result was one of the most comprehensive archaeological projects ever conducted in Old Town San Diego." - illustrated - From -


Photographs of California Chumash pictographs. __ Annotated gallery - illustrated - From -


The Polynesian Connection - Archaeology __ "Did ancient Hawaiians teach California Indians how to make ocean-going canoes?"  Check out the evidence and see what you think? - From -


Playa Vista Archaeological and Historical Project, Marina del Rey __ Learn about an important project in urban and developmental land use archaeology.  "Estuary resources have been attractive to human populations for at least 8,000 years, and many ancient settlements were established along the shores and creeks of the lagoon." - From - 


San Diego Archaeological Center __ "The San Diego Archaeological Center is a museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County's archaeological artifacts."  General information, visitor information, exhibits, plans and more. - illustrated - From - 



Shipwrecks Home Page __ You will find articles about California shipwrecks, pictures of artifacts, video, a database of California wrecks and links. - illustrated - From the California State Lands Commission -

Society for California Archaeology __ "The Society for California Archaeology is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to research, understanding, interpretation and conservation of California's heritage. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in California archaeology." - illustrated - From SCA -

Society for California Archaeology: In the Classroom __ "These lesson plans and reading list supply some basic ideas for incorporating archaeology into the classroom." - From -


University of California Archaeological Survey __ Survey paper #41 about petro glyphs in Central California and Nevada.  A PDF file - illustrated -From -


View California Archaeological Employment Options & Jobs __ Several listed. - From -


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