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Escondido, CA 92027-7001

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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.

 Experiments in Stone
In June 1982, a group of professional archaeologists and professional stone knappers conducted a series of tool making experiments. This kind of experimental archaeology is important for understanding the methods used by ancient peoples. During the knapping process, a great deal of debitage (waste flakes) are produced. As each tool as created, every piece of debitage was kept as part of the experiment.
Archaeological Excavation
Get the chance to excavate for archaeological artifacts in this exciting exhibit. Sort and identify the artifacts to interpret what occurred at this archaeological site.
Tra$h: Unearthing Socioeconomic Status in 1890s San Diego
In the late 1800s there was no organized trash collection in the City of San Diego. Instead, people and businesses burned their trash on site or tossed it in an unused privy pit, well, or cistern.  These trash dumps give archaeologists important clues about the people who lived in the area. This exhibit contains artifacts from a site discovered in Downtown San Diego occupied in the late 1890s. Can you find all the artifacts and interpret how these people lived?
 Artifact Matching Game
Archaeologists use artifacts to learn more about the people who made or used them. We have to conduct research to learn how these artifacts were used. People who lived in the past used tools to do some of the same things we do today. Can you match up the modern day tools to the artifacts in the exhibit?
Pottery Reconstruction
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.