Charr Simpson-Smith will receive “The Golden Shovel Award” at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology

The Golden Shovel Award is a special presidential commendation given to longstanding members of the Society who have made significant contributions to California Archaeology through continued efforts in the field and/or laboratory.

Continue reading

Archaeology Field School: So, What Did You Learn? (video)

“So, What Did You Learn? Perspectives on the Importance of Field School.” Interviews with archaeology students and professionals California. Filmed by Fernando Gonzalez at the Cabrillo College Archaeological Field School in 2014, on Santa Rosa Island. YouTube link:

Continue reading

What Does the Santa Cruz Archaeological Society Do and What Have We Done?

The Santa Cruz Archaeological Society (SCAS) was started in 1972 and has been continuously active for over 44 years. In its first two years the Society grew to over 50 members, almost all who had had at least one class in Introductory Archaeology from Cabrillo College and many had had a Field Class experience as well. They came with a fascination for archaeology and with deep ties to our community. The impact of these “community archaeologists” over the years has been extensive. Continue reading

What’s the Society Been Up To Recently?

By Kären Johansson Archaeology Demonstration – Life at the Santa Cruz Mission SCAS has been working with the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to deliver a hands-on archaeology program designed for kids and adults on a drop-in basis.  This … Continue reading

The SCAS Outreach Program

Although public archaeology conceptually has different meanings for different practitioners, many archaeologists share a passion to connect people and the past in ways that help bridge cultural differences. Archaeology exists amidst collaboration and dialogue among members of diverse communities and reinforces the notion that our history is a collective one. Public archaeology defines the place where artifacts tell a story and listening to many voices in the present allows us to hear those stories. The presentation of archaeology to young learners collates a physical activity, educational fun in the field, and brings the meaning of history and the discovery of a relevant past into the hands of both students and educators Continue reading

Coastal Erosion and Archaeological Sites

By Jenna Tanner My involvement in the coastal erosion project started in southern Monterey County during the 2012 Cabrillo College Archaeological Field School.  When we surveyed along the steep coastal bluff line of southern Monterey County, it was apparent that … Continue reading

An Undergrad’s Visit to the Annual SCA Conference

By Brandon Brown (Cabrillo Alum, SJSU) The Society of California Archaeology holds a yearly conference that should not be missed by students interested in learning more about Archaeology. The conference takes place at 4 star hotels that are always not … Continue reading

Archaeological Field School at Camp San Luis Obispo

By Ethan Bertrando Camp San Luis Obispo played host this summer to its first archaeological field school. The class of twenty students, under the direction of Professor Dustin McKenzie, worked at three archaeological sites on post. Cabrillo College of Aptos … Continue reading

Cabrillo College Archaeology Field School, Day 20 – July 9, 2010

By Annamarie Leon Guerrero Photos, left to right, top to bottom: Student Ryan taking down the last column sample on the last day of fieldwork; The trouble with buckets never end – students Ryan and Tessa un-sticking buckets; Goodbye site; … Continue reading

Cabrillo College Archaeology Field School, Day 19 – July 8, 2010

By Candace Skinner Photos: Student field tech Candace screening for artifacts (bottom) and excavation crew (from left to right) Ed, Candace, Lauren and Tiffany (bottom). Today was our last day of excavating in the field. I’ve never had such a … Continue reading