Museum at Home

Virtual Lectures On Demand


If you missed one of our live virtual lectures, you can view select lectures on demand at any time. Living Room Lectures are interesting lectures by archaeologists, experts, and authors in various fields that you can watch from the comfort of your own couch. Brown Bag Sessions are informal talks about a variety of subjects including current research and issues facing the archaeological community. For upcoming lectures, see our Events page.


Virtual Exhibits

Take a closer look at the collections currently being curated at the Center in our virtual exhibit Now Curating. Peak behind the scenes at our most recently acquired collections in our virtual exhibit New Acquisitions. Travel around the world with our virtual exhibit Visions: Rock Art Around the World.


Virtual K-12 Programs

San Diego area schools and students: For the remainder of this academic year, the ALL ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY virtual field trip is available for no cost! Introduce your students to the fascinating field of archaeology, and learn how we study the past here and all over the world. This virtual program is also open to local families and home school groups at no cost.


Blogs

Learn more about archaeology with our blogs. New Acquisitions: A Closer Look, which accompanies the New Acquisitions virtual exhibit, takes a closer look at the collections that are being curated, the research value they provide, and the importance of archaeology in San Diego County. Collections Curiosities is a monthly blog highlighting intriguing artifacts, books, and archival materials that staff, volunteers, and interns have discovered in Center collections and the Center Library. Historical Archaeology is a monthly blog and video series highlighting different types of historic artifacts that Palomar College students researched. The Wonderful World Of… is a monthly blog focusing on some of the many themes, concepts, and sub-disciplines related to the fascinating world of Southern Californian archaeology. Dr. Arty Fax’s Archy Facts is a weekly blog introducing kids to the exciting world of archaeology through mini lessons, at-home activities, and archaeological news. Dig Deeper is a monthly blog focusing on the basics of archaeology by taking a closer look at the exhibition Archaeology 101. From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions.


Other Activities

Take a virtual visit to the San Dieguito River Park or the National Register of Historic Places sites in San Diego with two GIS StoryMap intern projects. Each project also includes a crossword to accompany the StoryMap!


Social Media

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for What Is It Wednesday artifact identification games, Find Out Friday fast facts, notifications on new posts for Dig Deeper and Dr. Arty Fax’s Archy Facts, archaeological news from around the world, and more!

Collections Research

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will identify, design, and conduct an original research project that uses the Center’s archaeological collections. The intern will formulate a plan for public dissemination of the project results as a journal publication, a museum exhibit, or a public class or lecture. During the course of the research and dissemination planning, the intern will receive training in research design, collections management, artifact analysis, and exhibit design and production as appropriate to the selected project.

Archaeology Lab Positions

Volunteers will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. Center staff will instruct the volunteer on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Volunteers assist with the design, construction, and installation of Center Museum exhibits.

Volunteers work in the Center’s Research Library, cataloguing materials and organizing on a computer-based system.

Marketing and Administrative Volunteers assist the Development Office or Administration Office with data entry, updating marketing materials and clerical tasks. Computer experience is a plus.

Docents welcome visitors and answer general questions regarding the Center and exhibits. Docents staff the gift shop and help out with administrative and curatorial tasks.

Volunteers support event activities at the Center, such as the Annual BBQ, lectures, workshops, and fundraising events. Be a part of the party!

Volunteer provide support for K-12 programs offered at the Center. These are fun, hands-on programs that kids really enjoy. Teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Background checks are required.

Collections Management

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.

Development and Marketing

Under the direction of Center staff, the intern will support the department in various activities, including, but not limited to, fundraising and grant research; e-newsletter development; social media marketing; tour web app content creation, integration, and management; and website maintenance. This internship will give the intern valuable, real-world experience in non-profit fundraising and marketing.

Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology

Prospective Interns must have completed three courses: Introduction to GIS, GIS Database Management, and Intermediate/Advanced Methods in GIS. The intern will be assigned a project where they will create shapefiles and maps for curated archaeological collections, museum exhibits, and/or public outreach using ArcGIS 10.6. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological GIS laboratory procedures such as computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and database management.

Library Science

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will arrange and catalog materials in the Center’s library. During the course of the internship, the intern will take a leading role in the cataloging, sorting and storing of research files and creating user guides for these collections. Center staff will instruct the intern on archival procedures, computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.

Public Archaeology

With the assistance of Center staff, interns will research, design, and produce a project that educates the public about archaeology or a related field using the Center’s archaeological collections. Interns may create museum exhibits and related activities, develop curricula for K-12 programs in line with current content standards, or plan and present a public class or lecture. Per approval, special projects of the intern’s choosing are also available. During the course of the research and planning, the intern will receive guidance as appropriate to the selected project.