An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 27, 2019
Sponsored by: Skirball Cultural Center
Saturdays and Sundays, October 5–27
12:00 and 2:00 pm
Each weekend in October, celebrate California Archaeology Month! The Near East meets the West as we look at traditions from both ancient Israel and California. Through demonstrations and drop-in activities, discover how people of the past interacted with their surrounding resources.
Saturday, October 5: Make a yucca cordage bracelet and learn more about the history and uses of basketry with Rose Ann Hamilton, basket weaver, cultural arts instructor, and tribal member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians.
Sunday, October 6: Archaeologist Dr. Brandon Lewis will present stone artifacts of California, the American Southwest, and the American Midwest from Santa Monica College’s collections.
Saturday–Sunday, October 12–13: Taste olive oil and explore the history of this ancient culinary staple with archaeologist Sydney Schueller.
Saturday, October 19: International Archaeology Day! Make a soapstone amulet carving and learn about Native American lifeways centered on the steatite stonework of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe with anthropologist Lazaro Arvizu.
Sunday, October 20: Take a closer look at the Skirball’s beautiful replica of the Hammath Tiberias mosaic in the exhibition Vision and Values before making your own mosaic.
Saturday, October 26: Learn how people of the ancient world used metal to make tools, weapons, jewelry, coins, and art. Then make your own metal impression design with archaeologist Sydney Schueller.
Sunday, October 27: Participate in an artifact preservation activity with anthropologist Dr. Felicia Beardsley and historian Anne Collier of the University of La Verne Cultural and Natural Collections. They will present Californian artifacts from the Miocene age and through the late nineteenth century.
Designed for ages 5 and up.
Archaeology activities may be moved indoors due to weather.