• 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

    Ancient Geoglyphs

    The deserts of the American southwest contain one of the largest concentrations of geoglyphs outside of Peru’s Nazca Lines. These ancient Native American works of earthen art can be up to hundreds of feet long, and yet are often invisible…

  • Events and More

    Shrouded Heritage

    Ten years ago, Thomas Holm read Scott O’Dell’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins with his fourth-grade daughter. That experience led to him to research California’s indigenous mariners, including the “Nicoleño” of San Nicolas Island, which is the real setting…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Game Pieces

    Archaeologists recovered these Go game pieces from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players. The aim is to surround more territory…

  • Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Emergency Preparedness Planning

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. Why Is an Emergency Preparedness Plan Needed? This year From Inside the Vaults has given insight into collecting…

  • Upcoming Projects

    Reference Collections Project

    Reference collections are a valuable teaching tool for staff, interns, and volunteers. These collections contain examples of the hundreds of different artifacts, both prehistoric and historic, in our collection.  The collections are especially helpful to student interns in securing employment…

  • eNewsletter

    Fall E-Newsletter

    Welcome to fall. It’s time to check out our redesigned e-newsletter, The Curator. In this edition, read about GIS interns John Henderson and Jared Kelly’s project to create a StoryMap for the San Dieguito River Park, Kids Dig Archaeology K-12…