• 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…

  • Introduction to Flintknapping
    Events and More

    Introduction to Flintknapping

    In this workshop, participants will learn about the components that make up the Native American stone toolkit and basic flintknapping techniques. Participants will also be able to practice these techniques in creating stone tools. No experience required. Ages 12+. Minors…

  • advanced flintknapping class
    Events and More

    Advanced Flintknapping

    This workshop is for experienced flintknappers who are already able to make stone tools such as projectile points. This advanced session will focus on overcoming participants’ specific knapping challenges, and cover advanced topics such as biface thinning, setting up platforms,…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Debitage

    During the process of making stone tools, knappers produce many waste flakes. These tiny flakes and stone shatter are called debitage. By studying debitage archaeologists can gain a better understanding of how tools were made and what materials were preferred.…

  • Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Pest Management

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. What is Integrated Pest Management? Preventing collections from damage and deterioration is an important part of any collections…

  • Winter in the mountains

    Winter E-Newsletter

    2019 is underway, and the Center is off to a busy start. Our museum features five new exhibits, including By Land and By Sea, which debuts February 2 at our Members Only event. Visitors will be able to explore the…