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Wind Wolves Preserve Archaeological Project, CA.

Location: California, United States

June 14, 2014 to July 19, 2014

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Central Lancashire, East Los Angeles College & Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Dr. David Robinson, University of Central Lancashire; Dr. Julienne Bernard, East Los Angeles College

Project Description

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.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: full program

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No previous experience is required

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. 

All room and board costs are included in tuition (excluding weekend meals)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)


Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
1855 Industrial St. #106
Los Angeles
United States
424 226-6130
Recommended Bibliography: 

Bernard, Julienne, David Robinson, and Fraser Sturt. 2014 "Points of Refuge in the South Central California Colonial Hinterlands." In Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory, edited by Lee Panich and Tsim Schneider. University of Arizona Press. In press.

Erlandson, Jon E. 1984. "A Case Study in Faunalturbation: Delineating the Effects of the Burrowing Pocket Gopher on the Distribution of Archaeological Materials." American Antiquity 49(4): 785-790. 

Glassow, Michael. 2005. "Chapter 5: Excavation." In Herbert D. G. Maschner and Christopher Chippindale. Handbook of Archaeological Methods New York, Toronto, and Oxford: AltaMira Press. 

Grant, Campbell. 1978. "Interior Chumash. In California," edited by Robert Heizer, pp. 530-534. Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8, William C. Sturtevant, general editor, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 

Hester, Thomas R., Harry J. Shafer, and Kenneth L. Feder. 1997. "Research Design and Sampling Techniques." In Field Methods in Archaeology, 21-40. Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, California. 

Mohr, A., and L. L. Sample. 1967. "The Sacred Bundle Complex Among the Chumash." Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 3:38–45. 

Robinson, David W. 2010. "Land use, land ideology: an integrated Geographic Information Systems analysis of the Emigdiano Chumash rock-art, South-Central California." American Antiquity 74(4):292-318. 

Robinson, David W. 2007. "Taking the Bight Out of Complexity: Elaborating South-Central California Interior Landscapes." In S. Kohrning and S. Wynne-Jones (eds), Socialising Complexity: Structure, Integration, and Power, 183-204. Oxbow: Oxford. 

Robinson, David W. 2004. "Tierra Incognita: Rock Art, Landscape Biography, and Archaeological Blind Spots-A Case Study From Interior California." American Indian Rock Art 30: 43–55. 

Robinson, David W. 2004. "The Mirror of the Sun: Surface, Mineral Applications, and Interface in California Rock Art," 91-106. In N. Boivin and M-A. Owoc (eds), Soils, Stones and Symbols: archaeological and anthropological perspectives on the mineral world. University College London Press: London. 

Whitby, W. E. 2011. "Resistance and Acculturation: Chumash Cache Caves and Colonial California." In British Archaeological Reports: CHAT 2009 Oxford Conference Proceedings edited by Brent Fortenberry and Laura McAtackney.