• Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Olla

    This pot was discovered in Cleveland National Forest in 1968. Bees had created a hive above it and the beeswax dripped on the pot. The pot had a rock “lid” on top of it when it was found. At some…

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    From Inside the Vaults: Collections Management

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. So what is a Collections Manager, anyway? Simply put, a Collections Manager’s main role is to monitor and…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Bowl

    Pottery is the first synthetic material that humans made. Essentially artificial stone, pottery is a mixture of clay, water, and temper, transformed by the application of heat. Pottery first appears in the archaeological record of San Diego about 1,000 years…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Sherd with Basket Impression

    The sherd above features cord marking, a surface decoration which involves pressing vegetal cordage or basketry into damp pottery.  Since the archaeological record of San Diego County rarely includes preserved textiles, these impressions are an important source of information about…

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    Artifact of the Week: Pottery Sherds

    Indigenous peoples of Southern California have been creating and pit-firing clay pottery for thousands of years. Prehistorically, two pottery wares were constructed in the region. The inhabitants of the peninsular mountains produced Tizon brown ware while people in the Colorado…