2015 Archaeology Weekend

Date: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

12th Annual Archaeology Weekend
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center
Borrego Springs, California
April 11-12, 2015
Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, April 11, 2015 
Events
 

9 - 4:30   Silent Auction at the Begole Archaeological Research Center. Bidding closes at 4:30 pm. 
Winning bids announced at 5:00 pm. (Winners need not be present)

9:30 - 4  Guided Tours of the Archaeology Lab. Conducted by Colorado Desert Archaeology Society volunteers. Groups depart from the Visitor Center front door approximately every half hour.

10-4:00 Native American Basket and Pottery Display.  (Craft items for sale)

Pottery Making Demonstration and Kids’ Activities - Includes clay grinding with paddle and anvil construction techniques. By CDAS Archaeology volunteers.  (Clay will be available for spectator participation)

Demonstration Table on Uses of Native Plants for Food, Medicine and Construction by the Kumeyaay Tribes of San Diego County & Baja California.

Pictograph Stories – Students of all ages will look at pictographs and then try to decode the pictograph story. They will then create their own story on a rock to take home. In the Nierenberg Plaza.  By Ranger LuAnn.       

4:30-5:30 Free Ice Cream Social.  Ice cream sundaes and root beer floats. Announcement of Silent Auction winning bids at 5:00 in the Patio Area, Begole Archaeological Research Center.

Presentations

10 – 11 Rock Art – Cultural Stories from Around the World. The views from other places. By Robin Connors, Archaeologist – Colorado Desert District and Joan Schneider, PhD - Colorado Desert District, Associate State Archaeologist, Retired.

11- 12 Rock Art in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & beyond. The four different rock art styles and traditions within the Park will reviewed. By Ken Hedges, San Diego Rock Art & American Rock Art Research Associations.

1 – 2 Envisioning Rock Art Through the Lens of Ethnography. This presentation will encourage the viewing of rock art paintings and carvings from many different perspectives. By Richard Carrico – Professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University.

2 – 3 The Counsel Rocks Site: An Alternative Interpretation – This presentation explores possible interpretations of the site based upon 30-years of research. By Archaeologist John P Hale, PhD – Copper Mountain College.

3 – 4 Rock Art Forum – Open discussion of regional rock art culture by archaeologists and rock art experts.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Events

9 – 12 Native American Basket and Pottery Display.  (Craft items for sale)

9:30 -12 Guided Tours of the Archaeology Lab.Groups depart Visitor Center front door approximately every half hour.   

10 - 12

Pottery Making Demonstration - Includes clay grinding with paddle and anvil construction techniques. By CDAS Archaeology volunteers.  (Clay will be available for spectator participation)

Demonstration Table on Uses of Native Plants for Food, Medicine & Construction by the Kumeyaay Tribes of San Diego County & Baja California.

Presentations

10-11 From a Ranger’s Point of View:  Working Together Towards Protecting our Cultural Heritages- A Historical Perspective.  By Ranger Steve Bier (This program is especially for KIDS & their parents)
11-12 Talking Stone – Rock Art Of The Cosos. This film explores the largest concentration of rock art in North America. By Dr. Alan P. Garfinkel Gold, Ph.D.

Field Trips- register at the links below, or by calling 760-767-0446 ext 1003 

08:30-1:00pm Clark Lake Petroglyphs: This is a moderate hike of approximately 3 miles round trip to visit the Clark Lake Petroglyph Site.The hike across the desert floor crosses the braided wash system which flows out of Rockhouse Canyon.  The petroglyphs are associated with the Cahuilla People and were pecked into the heavy desert-varnished boulders at the north end of Clark Lake. The trip will depart from the Pegleg Monument at 8:30 AM and will return by 12:30-1:00 PM. 4WD is necessary for this trip. (Limited to 15 people - $5.00 fee). Trip led by CDAS volunteer Chuck Bennett.

8-4:00 Indian Hill Rock Art Shelter: Join CDD Archaeologist Robin Connors and CDAS Volunteer Don Endicott to visit one of the most iconic of the Park’s many cultural sites. We will hike a little over a mile to Indian Hill.  Learn about  the prehistoric People who lived there and see the display of pictographs in an adjoining shelter.  Meet at the entrance to Morteros Wash at the kiosk sign along Hwy S-2  at 9:30 A.M. Cars will also leave from the Visitor Center’s back parking lot at 8:00 A.M.  High clearance 4 Wheel drive is needed.  We will carpool from meeting place at entrance to Morteros Wash.  Bring lunch, lots of water, hats, comfortable hiking shoes and other gear. We expect to return by 4 P.M. to interpretive sign at entrance to the wash. This is an all-day trip.  Hike is on moderately level sandy surface. (Limited to 20 people - $5.00 fee)

Pre-registration and $5.00 fee required for both the Clark Lake Petroglyphs & Indian Hill  Rock Art Shelter.  

For detailed information and reservations call ABF at 760-767-0446 ext 1003. 

During Archaeology Weekend: Check for last-minute field trip openings at the CDAS table in front of the Visitor's Center.  Wear hiking shoes and bring hat and water.