• Overview

    San Diego Archaeological Center

    The San Diego Archaeological Center is a curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. Visit our museum, which is located in the picturesque San Pasqual Valley in Escondido, one mile east of the San Diego Safari Park. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves…

  • Events and More

    Free Kids’ Activity Book

    This summer, families visiting the San Diego Archaeological Center will receive the Kids Dig Archaeology Activity Book. Complete the book and present it to staff to earn your Jr. Archaeologist card. Activities include Stratigraphy: Layers of Time Pottery Sherds Tools:…

  • About

    Interview with Cindy Stankowski

    The San Diego-Union Tribune recently interviewed the Center’s Executive Director Cindy Stankowski. Look for the article online Saturday, June 22, 2019. Read the Article

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Hand Chopper and Knife

    Many of the stone tools would have had handles made of wood or bone. However, these materials do not last over time. These modern handles were recreated based on historical information. Only a small portion of history is preserved in…

  • Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Preventative Conservation

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. What is Preventative Conservation for Museum Collections? Over the past few months, we have looked at different best…

  • K-12 Programs

    Activity Book Answer Key

    Have you completed the Kids Dig Archaeology Activity Book? Check your answers below, then present it to San Diego Archaeological Center staff to receive your Jr. Archaeologist card. View Answer Key

  • eNewsletter

    Spring E-newsletter

    Spring is here, and there’s so much to see and do at the San Diego Archaeological Center! Tickets are on sale for our 16th¬†Annual BBQ on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 PM. We will also be hosting a…