• Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Emergency Preparedness Planning

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. Why Is an Emergency Preparedness Plan Needed? This year From Inside the Vaults has given insight into collecting…

  • Upcoming Projects

    Reference Collections Project

    Reference collections are a valuable teaching tool for staff, interns, and volunteers. These collections contain examples of the hundreds of different artifacts, both prehistoric and historic, in our collection.  The collections are especially helpful to student interns in securing employment…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Frozen Charlotte Doll

    Frozen Charlotte is a name used to describe a specific form of china doll made from c. 1850 to c.1920. The dolls had substantial popularity during the Victorian era. The name Frozen Charlotte came from an American folk ballad Fair…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Harmonica Piece

    Archaeologists recovered this harmonica reed plate from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Although life has its challenges for the inner-city working class, they were able to find time for…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Game Pieces

    Archaeologists recovered these Go game pieces from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players. The aim is to surround more territory…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Beer Bottle

    Archaeologists recovered this beer bottle from Downtown San Diego. The site housed a working class population during the late Victorian period (c.1880-1915). This bottle would’ve had a cork stopper. Because the Post-Contact Period is so short and the Euro-American population…