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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center

Borrego Springs, California

Day use fee $10

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

 

Events – Begole Archaeological Research Center Library

9am – 4:30pm   Silent Auction/FUNdraiser at the Begole Archaeological Research Center Library. Some items will be categorized as Bid or Buy, which means the item can be taken for the stated Buy price.  Bidding closes at 4:30 PM.  Winning bids announced at 5PM.  (Winners need not be present).  Funds raised are used to help preserve and protect the Park’s cultural resources.

 

Events – Park Visitor Center

9:30am – 4pm  Guided tours of the archaeology Lab & Silent Auction  Conducted by the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society volunteers.  Groups depart from the Visitor front door approximately every half hour.

 

10am – 4pm

  • Native American Basket, Craft & Pottery Display  Items will be for sale.
  • Pottery Making Demonstration & Kids Activities  Includes clay grinding, paddle and anvil construction techniques.  By CDAS Archaeology volunteers.  (Clay will be available for spectator participation.
  • Uses of Native Plants for Food, Medicine and Construction by Kumeyaay Tribes  A demonstration table showing various plants and their uses.  By CDAS volunteer Suzanne Emery.

4pm – 5pm  Free Social  Ice cream sundaes and root beer floats or Hot Cocoa and cookies at the Begole Archaeological Research Center (this is weather dependent)

 

Presentations – Discovery Room at Visitor Center

9:30-10:30am  Obsidian Sourcing, Protein Residue analysis for Cuyamaca Ovals by Begole Grant awardee Kent Manchen

 

10:30-11:30am  Research on the Harkleroad Native American Ceramic Vessel Collection, San Diego Museum of Man by Begole Grant Awardee Susan Hector, PhD.

 

1:00-2:00pm  Chronological Placement of Circular Rock Features and Rock Cairn Sites Using OSL Dating Method by Begole Grant Awardee Joan Schneider, PhD.

 

2:00-3:00pm  Aerial Photo Documentation of Archaeological Features Using Quadcopter Drone-Mounted Camera by Begole Grant Awardee Chuck Bennett

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

 

Events – Visitor Center

 

9:00 am-12:00 pm  Native American Basket, Craft & Pottery Display  Items will be for sale.

 

9:30 am-12:00 pm  Guided tours of the Archaeology Lab & Silent Auction  Conducted by the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society volunteers.  Groups depart from the Visitor Center front door approximately every half hour.

 

10:00 am-12:00 pm  Pottery Making Demonstration & Kids Activities  Includes clay grinding, paddle and anvil construction techniques.  By CDAS Archaeology volunteers.  (Clay will be available for spectator participation.)

 

              Uses of Native Plants for Food, Medicine and Construction by Kumeyaay Tribes  A demonstration table showing various plants

 

Sunday Field Trips

Online registration for the field trips is now closed. To register for a field trip, please look for the sign up table at the Begole Archaeological Research Center on Saturday, February 29 between 9:00 am-5:00 pm.  

 

8:30 am-1:00 pm Yaqui Pass Hunting Blind:  Lines of rock cairns have been recorded in several areas in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  The stone-cairn line features are sometimes associated with rock walls, either natural or built, which may represent hunting blinds.  The stone features are within or adjacent to areas known to be regularly used by groups of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis).  This field trip will visit one of these sites.  This trip will meet at the Mall parking lot adjacent to the Post office where carpooling will be arranged.  We will drive to the Yaqui Pass area.  Trip leader will be Joan Schneider, PhD, a retired state park archaeologist, and Begole Grant recipient. This trip is limited to 20 people.  $5 fee per person.

 

9:00 am-2:00 pm Mine Wash Indian Village:  This trip to the Mine Wash Archaeological Village Site was occupied and used extensively by the Kumeyaay People around 100 years ago and again during the 1600s.  During our walk over the relatively gentle open desert we will observe a variety of features associated with seasonal habitation, food gathering and food preparation.  Archaeological features we will see include bedrock milling, and grinding as well as examples of the mysterious pecked cupules found throughout the region.  This trip will meet at the Mall parking lot adjacent to the Post office.  High clearance vehicles are necessary for this trip. Carpooling will be arranged at the trip starting point. This trip is limited to 20 people.  $5 fee per person.

 

9:00 am-2:00 pm Morteros Site:  Join trip leader Sam Webb for a walk through time and learn how the Kumeyaay People prepared their food.  The Spanish word for mortar is morteros.  The Kumeyaay word for mortar is ‘ehmuu meaning “bedrock hole.”  Visualize a stone food processor!  This will give you an idea of what you might expect to see on this stroll.  This trip will meet at the Mall parking lot adjacent to the Post Office where carpooling will be arranged.  We will drive 40 minutes to Little Blair Valley Cultural Preserve. This trip is limited to 20 people. $5 fee per person.