• 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

    San Diego’s First Peoples Tour Series

    As a supplement to the By Land and By Sea exhibit at the San Diego Archaeological Center, this field trip series will explore the physical locations and landscapes that the first people in the America’s lived in. We will explore…

  • Events and More

    Ancient Geoglyphs

    This event has been RESCHEDULED to Friday, March 27 at 7 PM. 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…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Chinese Dinnerware

    Archaeologists recovered these Chinese condiment dishes and soup spoon from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). The site included two Chinese laundries and a drying yard. In addition to the…

  • Exhibits

    Dig Deeper: What Tools Do Archaeologists Use?

    Dig Deeper is a monthly blog focusing on the basics of archaeology by taking a closer look at the exhibition Archaeology 101, which is currently featured at the Center. Introduction After digging deeper into what archaeology is last month, you…

  • GIS Projects

    NRHP StoryMap

    Last fall, intern Alana Hansen’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department project focused on connecting the National Register of Historic Places in the San Diego region. The purpose of her project was to create a user-friendly guide to San Diego history,…

  • eNewsletter

    Winter 2020 E-Newsletter

    It’s a new and busy year for the San Diego Archaeological Center! In February, author Tom Holm will present his book Shrouded Heritage: Island of the Blue Dolphins, and in March, author Anne Morgan will present her book Geoglyphs of…