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Archaeology Day In The Santa Monica Mountains
October 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302 United States
Sponsored by: California State Parks, National Park Service and Western National Parks Association
9:30AM-Blessing and acknowledging the first People of the land followed by stories and songs by Chumash elders Ted and Dennis Garcia.
11:00AM-The Long and Winding Road: History and Archaeology of Roosevelt Highway and the Malibu Road Wars by Ann Stansell (California State Parks).
12:00PM-Paramount Ranch Through the Ages: An Archaeologists’ Perspective by Nicole Kulaga and Aaron Davis (National Park Service)
1:00PM-Archaeology at the Chumash Village of Talepop at King Gillette Ranch by Archaeologist Chester King.
Junior Ranger Activity (children)
Become a Junior Archeologist of the Santa Monica Mountains and earn a Junior Archeologist patch!
Sand Box Archeology (children)
Play archeologist for a day! Learn how to carefully excavate artifacts from the Native American, Mission, and historic American periods, and see how these artifacts can tell us about how people lived.
Flintknapping Demonstrations (all ages)
Come and see the methods and techniques that Native Americans used in the past to create stone tools for hunting, processing food, and making everyday equipment.
Atlatl and Rabbit Stick Demonstrations (all ages)
Learn how to use an atlatl to increase the throwing distance of a spear, then try your hand at it! This ancient technology was used around the world before the development of the bow and arrow.
Replica Historic Artifact Display Table (all ages)
Take a look at a variety of replica artifacts from the historic period, and learn how archeologists use these artifacts to determine the age and function of a site.
Replica Prehistoric Artifact Display Table (all ages)
Explore a variety of replica artifacts from the prehistoric period, and learn how archeologists use these artifacts to determine the age and function of a site.
Leave No Trace (all ages)
Learn about Leave No Trace ethics and what to do if you find an artifact out on the trail.
Archeology Coloring Pages and Archeology Laboratory (children)
Learn about the techniques of archeology while coloring images of artifacts, archeology tools, and field activities. Back in the lab, you need to analyze and document each artifact in order to help recreate the story of the site. Learn how to analyze your own artifact and how you can help protect the past!
Angeles National Forest (all ages)
Hands-on activity grinding acorns and learning methods that Native Americans used in the past to harvest and process food.
JMA Associates Archeology and Paleontology (all ages)
Learn the difference between archeology and paleontology; hint: archeologists don’t dig dinosaurs!