Join SCAS for a presentation by Lucian Schrader III (Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and Cultural Technological Development Lead at Transcon Environmental, Inc.) on “Obsidian of California.”
DATE: Thursday, Sept 8, 2022
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Pacific)
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Ever wonder where that obsidian artifact actually came from? How come some lave forms obsidian and other lava forms other types of rock? How can archaeologists tell where specific obsidian came from? Can archaeologists date obsidian? Yes, but it’s very difficult since it is an inanimate object and is socially frowned upon. Does obsidian come in any other colors besides black? Join us for a broad overview discussing where obsidian is found throughout California.
Mr. Lucian Schrader III is a Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and Cultural Technological Development Lead at Transcon Environmental, Inc., with 19 years of cultural resources experience throughout California and the Great Basin. Mr. Schrader received his Bachelors from U.C. Davis in Anthropology and History in 2004, and also received a Masters in Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology from USC in 2013.
He has personally recorded over 2,000 sites and isolates in his career, and has recorded several extensive obsidian and chert quarries that covered several square miles. He has visited dozens of obsidian sources throughout California and Nevada, and has conducted lithic analysis on several dozen site assemblages across California and the Great Basin. Of the 58 counties in California, he has worked in 52 of them, including in Santa Cruz County.