2018 Anasazi Circle Members’ Seminar Trip: Spanish Missions

Anasazi Circle Members’ Weekend
October 19 – 21, 2018

Our Anasazi Circle Members’ Weekend will explore the archaeology of the Spanish missions in southern California and how the missions were used to establish the new Spanish province of Alta California and expand the Spanish Empire. An expert guide will join us throughout the weekend.

Our weekend will begin on Friday evening. We will gather for a welcome reception dinner and an introductory talk by Cindy Stankowski, Executive Director of the San Diego Archaeological Center, on the changes in artifacts and lifestyles of the ancient people who lived in this region for over 10,000 years.

On Saturday morning, we’ll start our journey with a visit to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the seventh of 21 missions founded in Alta California. Founded in 1776 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order, the mission is known as the “Jewel of Missions.” It is home to the Serra chapel built in 1782 that is thought to be the oldest building in California still in use.

After lunch we head to the Cary Ranch, a Conservancy preserve since 2011. This property that contains three distinct occupations. The first habitation is thought to be as early as A.D. 1000 by the Mountain Cahuilla tribe. Their village area contains bedrock mortars and basins, pictographs, trade beads, and projectile points. Later the Juan Bautista de Anza expeditions to Alta California passed through the ranch in 1774 and 1775, camping overnight at the Cahuilla settlement. The current ranch was established in 1891. We’ll return to San Diego for dinner.

After breakfast we will depart for Mission San Diego. Founded in 1769 by Spanish friar Junípero Serra, this is the first of the 21 missions. We’ll visit the Junípero Serra Museum which is located on the first permanent European settlement in what is now California. After lunch, we will return to the airport for afternoon flights.

Become a member of the 2018 Anasazi Circle! Join a select group of generous individuals who share your commitment to preserving our country’s rich cultural heritage. The Anasazi Circle is made up of people who contribute $2,500 or more annually to The Archaeological Conservancy.

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Anasazi Circle support provides the Conservancy with a major portion of its program budget. This vital funding source enables us to preserve a greater number of archaeological sites
each year. To date, we have protected more than 520 sites in 45 states. As an Anasazi Circle member, you’ll know you’re playing a vital role in helping us fulfill our mission to preserve America’s past

Be a Circle Member today! https://donate.archaeologicalconservancy.org/Photo 1: Stunning Scenery at Mission San Juan Capistrano.The Spanish Missions
Between 1769 and 1883, the Spanish established a series of 21 missions to help maintain their claim to what is now California. The missions led to the creation of the new Spanish province of Alta California and aided in the Spanish expansion to the north and west. The missions were set up to be self-sustaining communities with land, water systems, livestock and industries including farming, wine-making, weaving and woodworking. Native Americans were brought, often forcibly, to live at the missions, disrupting their traditional way of life. The mission’s goal was to convert, educate, and transform the Native Americans into Spanish colonial citizens. They were taught farming techniques and ranching and were introduced to cattle and horses. When Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, the government secularized the missions causing them to lose their land holdings and wealth.