The Bell Center, Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Archaeopalooza: Adventures in Archaeology is a day of public archaeology held at the Bell Center, Copper Mountain College, in Joshua Tree, California. Scheduled for Saturday, October 20th, the event will run from 8 am to 6 pm, and will feature events geared towards all age groups.
The activities will include activities for the kids, such as face painting, archaeologically-themed coloring and games, as well as information geared towards their age group. For older participants the activities will include lectures on archaeological topics and demonstrations of a variety of Native American skills and crafts, such as rabbit stick throwing, atlatl spear throwers, pottery making, and firemaking.
Brian Fagan returns as our keynote speaker, and we will also be having presentations on a variety of other archaeological topics, including a history of atlatls and examples found in the archaeological record, and others. We will be screening two independently produced films. The first, Archaeology from the Ashes, produced by Dr. Teri Brewer, which documents the process of recording archaeological sites that are exposed by wildfires. The second is Buried Stories, produced by Julie Kirkenslager and Emily Wick, which documents the life of Ella Rodriguez, a Native American who was taken from her family at the age of thirteen to an Indian boarding school and who later tirelessy worked as an advocate for archaeological monitoring at construction sites in California.
Organizations involved in the activities include the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, the Copper Mountain College Desert Studies Program, Joshua Tree National Park (Education Division), and the Morongo Basin Historical Society. Other activities include a silent auction of archaeological books signed by the authors, such as Brian Fagan and Julia Costello. Funds generated by the silent auction will go to the non-profit organizations that helped sponsor the event.