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Anthropology of Baja California

This section is a collection of research compiled by an multinational group of anthropologists seeking to foster the development of the discipline in Baja California, promote closer communication and cooperation between researchers, disseminate accurate information, and encourage an appreciation of and protection for the peninsula’s unique cultural heritage.

Prehistoric Ceramics of Southern California

The objective of this section is to provide tools that will assist researchers and students in their investigations of the aboriginal ceramics of the southern California region.

Research Issues in San Diego History

The discussions of research issues are arranged under five general headings. “Chronology” deals with questions relating to prehistoric events and the broad-scale patterns of regional change. “Functions” addresses the uses that can be ascribed to specific kinds of prehistoric artifacts, features, and sites. “Resources” considers issues relating to the prehistoric exploitation of particular faunal, floral, and mineral resources. “Spatial Relationships” looks at spatial patterning in the prehistoric record, extending from the narrow scale of activity areas within individual archaeological sites up to broad regional or interregional systems. “Methods” raises problems of archaeological methodology. The groupings are fairly loose. Many of the topics relate to more than one of these general subject areas.

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With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.