Location: California, United States
Located in the heart of interior South-Central California, the Wind Wolves Preserve lies at the interface between several rich habitats and contains some of the most spectacular examples of Native American paintings found anywhere in North America. Since 2005, we have been investigating rock-art, habitation, and special-purpose sites throughout this region. In 2014, we will continue this work throughout the preserve with particular focus on the only known Chumash Cache Cave having extensive perishable material remaining in situ. We will be conducting excavation both within and outside the cave in order to answer crucial questions about the function and meaning of this important site. Students will be introduced to a range of archaeological methods and practices, including portable XRF use and 3D laser scanning.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: full program
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will be camping on the Wind Wolves Preserve. Students will share tents with 1 or 2 other students (unless they provide their own tent). The preserve campground has toilets and running water, but no showers. A sun shower will be provided. There will be limited access to electricity.
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