Archaeology Symposium Launch – September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

The Archaeology of Joshua Tree National Park—Past, Present, and Future

Michael Newland, Sonoma State University

Joshua Tree National Park has some of the most fascinating archaeology found  anywhere in the United States. The park was home to several Native American cultures,  including the Cahuilla, the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Mojave, who lived here over centuries and continue to view many areas of the park as sacred.  Many archaeologists have made remarkable finds that have changed science’s understanding of California prehistory and the metamorphosis of this rugged landscape over the past 10,000 years. This talk will highlight some of the discoveries, including the presenter’s own research, as well as discuss some of the challenges the Park and tribal advocates face in preserving this remarkable heritage for future generations.



JTNP Archaeology Symposium

Approaching 100 years of Archaeology in Joshua Tree National Park:

A Centennial Celebration

This symposium examines the many contributions that have led to our understanding of the prehistory of the park and the greater Mojave Desert.  This symposium will feature professional archaeologists, cultural resource managers,  and academic researchers as they reflect on the past 100 years of archaeology in the park and highlight future directions of archaeological inquiry.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Black Rock  Nature Center. This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.


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