An Introduction to Archaeology and the Archaeology of San Diego
This exhibit provides viewers with a greater understanding of the tools, processes and research involved in the field of archaeology. Specifically, the archaeology of the San Diego region from 10,000 years ago to present day. Gallery guides to extend the learning experience are available.
Pottery – Earth, Water, Fire and Air
The strikingly beautiful Kumeyaay ollas on display from Cleveland National Forest provide a backdrop for a discussion on pottery in the archaeological record. The Center is a nationally recognized curation facility that curates federal collections, including the National Forest Service, Department of the Interior.
Fort Guijarros was the first defensive structure built by the Spanish military to protect San Diego Harbor. The fort was originally dedicated and named San Joaquin in 1796. Over the years that followed, it became home to soldiers, Yankee whalers, and fisherfolk. Come and explore the past that is an integral part of Ballast Point.
View a mural that the displays the effects that excess waste has on our communities and the environment. The mural encourages viewers to become more environmentally-responsible.
Kid’s Exhibits and Activities
‘Dive in’ to learn artifact classification and analysis as you uncover the remains of a lost shipwreck. Glimpse into the world of underwater archaeology and check out a hi-tech suit that allows archaeologists to reach deeper underwater than ever before.
Finding a complete pot at an archaeological site is very rare. Usually archaeologists only find broken pieces of a pot. Archaeologists rely on shape, texture, design, and color to figure out which pieces belong to the same pot in order to put it back together. Children are challenged to be a laboratory archaeologist by reconstructing ceramic tiles.
Layers in Time
Learn the principles of stratigraphy with this new interactive exhibit.
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San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027-7001
Telephone: (760) 291-0370
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