On Saturday, October 17th, TAC’s Western office participated in Arch in the Park, sponsored by the San Diego County Archaeological Society (SDCAS). Held at the historic Ranch House in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, the event celebrates California’s Archaeology Month (October) and International Archaeology Day (October 17th, 2015).

Arch in the Park is a free, family friendly educational event that is designed to introduce the field of archaeology and the local cultural climate to the general public. Various cultural resource management firms, businesses, archaeological societies, and The Archaeological Conservancy sponsored tables where people could learn more about archaeology and the role each organization plays within the field.

There were several stations where guests could experiment in pottery making and try their hands at a mock excavation. In addition, there was flint knapping demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and an art awards ceremony. An archaeological excavation was also happening on the property of the Preserve where guests could see archaeology in practice. In the afternoon, Running Grunion, a Kumeyaay Indian, gave an interactive discussion of his cultural heritage.

Kumeyaay Indian Running Grunion talking about his people's heritage.
Kumeyaay Indian Running Grunion talking about his people’s heritage.

SDCAS President Karen Lacy said this year’s Arch in the Park was a great success both with the number of participating groups as well as the attendance by the public. The Archaeological Conservancy was very pleased to participate in the event.

An overview of some of the other tables at the event.
An overview of some of the other excellent Archaeology and Community tables at the event.

– Deanna Commons, Field Representative, TAC Western Office

Learn more about International Archaeology Day

See how the Southwest Office Celebrated with the Center for New Mexico Archaeology


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