• Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Acquisitions and Cataloging

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. What is Collections Cataloging? Have you ever wondered what happens when new collections come into the Center?¬† How…

  • 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

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Consumption Medicine Bottle

    Archaeologists recovered this Dr. King’s New Discovery for Consumption bottle from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). In the era before the development of antibiotics, patent medicines, such as this…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Stomach Bitters Bottle

    Archaeologists recovered this Dr. J. Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters bottle from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Dr. J. Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters emerged on the market in 1853 and sold as…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Cod Liver Oil Bottle

    Archaeologists recovered this Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil with Lime Soda bottle from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Northern European fishing communities used cod liver oil for generations to…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Antiseptic Bottle

    Archaeologists recovered this antiseptic bottle from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Antiseptics today are readily available and safe to use. In the early 1900s, antiseptics could contain iodine, carbolic…