• Overview

    San Diego Archaeological Center

    The San Diego Archaeological Center is a nonprofit curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 12,000 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…

  • Events and More

    #GivingTuesday Live

    This #GivingTuesday, the San Diego Archaeological Center needs your help to raise $8,000 in just 24 hours to create 3-D scans of our collections. With these virtual models, we can make our collections more accessible to students, researchers, cultural resource…

  • Events and More

    Living Room Lecture: Turkeys in California

    Biologists have proposed that we could resurrect the roles of extinct species in ecosystems by introducing closely-related surviving species. However, this idea—called “taxon substitution”—has never been intentionally tested on a large scale. California used to have a native turkey species,…

  • Funding Opportunities

    Shutler Women in Archaeology Fund

    The Dr. Elizabeth Shutler Women in Archaeology Fund (SWAF) was established by Dr. Shutler’s family to honor her exemplary career and to sponsor women conducting research projects using collections curated at the San Diego Archaeological Center (SDAC). Next application deadline:…

  • Historic Archaeology Blog

    Historic Butchery Techniques

    Historic archaeology connects places, things, and issues from the past or present using not only what is found during an excavation, but also written records and oral traditions that then help inform and contextualize cultural materials. During the spring of…

  • Kids Dig Archaeology Blog

    Oh My Fluffle!

    Dr. Arty Fax’s Archy Facts is a blog introducing kids to the exciting world of archaeology!   “What in the world is a fluffle?” you might ask. Well, this funny little word means a group of wild rabbits. It turns…

  • eNewsletter

    Fall 2021 E-Newsletter

    Read about artifacts recovered from inside a crocodile in our archaeology news for kids, learn how you can be a part of our next exhibit, meet our new Collections Technician, and more in the latest edition of The Curator. Read…