• 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

    Kumeyaay Ethnobotany

    For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and Southern California have made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region, interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical knowledge.  Join anthropologist and author of…

  • Events and More

    A Life in San Diego Archaeology

    Explore 10,000 years of local history at the San Diego Archaeological Center at a reception and presentation.  Enjoy food and drink prior to the 1 PM presentation Lately It Occurs to Me: A Life in San Diego Archaeology by local…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Chinese Teapot

    This Chinese teapot has a fanciful floral and cloud pattern. Archaeologists recovered this artifact from Block 112 in Downtown San Diego. This section of San Diego housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). While they worked…

  • Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Artifact Handling

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. We have been learning about different best practices used by Collections Managers to protect and preserve museum artifacts…

  • 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

    Summer E-Newsletter

    Summer is here, and and so is our e-newsletter. In this edition, volunteer Bryce Moulder describes his Eagle Scout project to install bat boxes for the Center. Throughout the summer, families visiting the Center will receive the Kids Dig Archaeology Activity…