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    Article on South Coronado Island Excavations

    Antonio Porcayo of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of Mexico invited me to join this expedition sponsored by Dr. Todd Braje using funds from the California Academy of Sciences. I’m a volunteer at the San Diego Archeological…

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    Artifact of the Week: Flakes

    Stone tools, or lithics, are the most common artifacts found at local prehistoric sites. There are two general lithic tool classifications in San Diego County: chipped stone and ground stone. The flakes above are examples of chipped stone. The best…

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    From Inside the Vaults: Collections Inventory

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. What is a Collections Inventory? As the Collections Manager at the Center, one of my duties is to…

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    Artifact of the Week: Biface

    A biface is any stone tool worked on both sides. However, archaeologists commonly used the term to describe tools that were made to used as knives or spear points. They would have been attached to wood or bone handles and…

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    Artifact of the Week: Stone Scraper

    Just about everything we know about the people of the Early Holocene is based on stone tools found at archaeological sites. The people most likely had tools made of wood or bone, but these softer materials have disappeared over time.…