• 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…

  • Land and Sea Event
    Events and More

    Members Only Event: By Land and By Sea

    Center members are invited to a preview of the new exhibit, By Land and By Sea, which explores theories about who, when, and how early peoples came into the New World and into Southern California. Enjoy food and drink in the museum…

  • Kumeyaay Ollas
    Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Kumeyaay Olla

    Pottery was a valuable asset for people of the past. An olla is a ceramic jar, often unglazed, used for cooking, storage of water or dry foods, or for other purposes. They were watertight and rodent proof. Hot rocks were…

  • Collections vault
    Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Collections Management

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. So what is a Collections Manager, anyway? Simply put, a Collections Manager’s main role is to monitor and…