SPEAKER EVENT: John Pryor (Cal State Fresno) on: “The Skyrocket site: A Case Study of the Value of Old Collections in the Era of Cal-NAGPRA.”

Join SCAS for a presentation by John Pryor (Cal State Fresno) on: The Skyrocket site: A Case Study of the Value of Old Collections in the Era of Cal-NAGPRA.

NOTE: This is a hybrid speaker event (in-person & streamed online via Zoom). We invite you to join us in-person at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060, or via Zoom (see below for Zoom registration form)!

DATE: Thursday, December 14, 2023

TIME: 7:30 – 8:30 PM (Pacific)

***RSVP for Zoom by 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 14th, 2023   *** Or show up to the Resource Center for Nonviolence by 7:30 to join us in-person!


Zoom Registration Form

Once you have registered for the event using this form, a link and instructions for joining the virtual event via Zoom will be sent to that email address approximately 1 hour before the event starts.

The Skyrocket site is located in the low foothills of the Sierra Nevada range between Sonora and Angels Camp. It contains a record of 10,000 years of Native American history and is likely one of the most important sites in North America. While it was excavated in 1989, it still has much to teach us. In my talk I will tell you of how it has taught us about the evolution of acorn processing, the widow it provides us on future climate change in the modern world, and the interaction of the environment, technology and population over time. I am a storyteller, and this site has quite a story to tell.


I am an Archaeologist in the Anthropology Department at CSU-Fresno, where I have been teaching since 1993.  I was Chair of the department for 8 years and am currently a senior faculty member and Full Professor. I have over 50 years expertise in California Archeology, but also, I have done a bit of archeology in England, and the Eastern US.  I got my undergraduate education at UC Santa Cruz and was mentored by Rob Edwards. My PhD was from SUNY Binghamton. Over the last 25 years my archeological consulting work has been for and with Native California Peoples.  This work has been with Table Mountain, Santa Rosa, and Picayune Rancherias, as well as the Choinumni, and the Southern Sierra Miwok

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