Below is a schedule of events that was passed to us from our Colorado Desert Archaeological Society volunteers. The annual Archaeology Week at Anza Borrego Park is on April 6-7th next month. The Museum will be participating this year assisting with the coiled clay demonstration table and presenting "20 years of Community Stewardship: The Imperial Valley Desert Museum".
The partnership with the CDAS group provides us with 3-4 curation volunteers twice a month and, along with our core group of 15 local volunteers, has been instrumental in helping us curate over 13,000 artifacts since April 2012. The museum staff is happy to have an opportunity to support their annual event celebrating the history of our local deserts.
10th Annual Archaeology Weekend
April 6-7, 2013
sponsored by the California State Parks, Anza Borrego Foundation and the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society
THEME: Stewardship . . . Caring for our Cultural Heritage
Saturday, April 6, 2013
9 - 4:30 Silent Auction at the Begole Archaeological
. Bidding closes
4:30 pm. Research
Winning bids announced 5:00 pm. (Winners need not be present)
10–4:00 Native American Basket and Pottery Display and Demonstrations. (Craft items for sale)
9:30 - 4
of the Archaeology Lab. Tours
Groups depart from the
approximately every half hour. Visitor
10 - 4 Pottery Making Demonstration & Kids Activities - Includes clay grinding and paddle & anvil construction
techniques. By Archaeology Volunteers Carol Black, Astrid Webb and
Museum. (Clay will be available for spectator participation)
12-1:00 Walk: Desert Drug Store. By ABDSP Certified Interpretive Guide, Abby Barker
4- 5:30 Free Ice Cream Social: Ice cream sundaes and announcement of silent auction winning bids at 5:00.
10 – 11 The Many Faces of the
Desert Archaeology Society (CDAS) in the Stewardship of Cultural
Resources in the California State Park’s Colorado Desert District. Carol Black, Chair CDAS & Site Steward.
11- 12 Toughing It Out at the Bailey: The History, Conservation, Interpretation, and Continuing Stewardship of the Bailey Earthen Structure. Alan Schmidt, green builder, CDAS member, Site Steward.
1 – 2 Archaeological Excavations at the Carrizo Stage Station; Uncovering the Heritage of the
Southern Overland Trail: Stewardship means
Understanding and Interpretation.
Sue Wade, Archeologist, Colorado Desert District. Associate
2 – 3 Interpretation and Building the Base for Public Education: Interpretation Plays a Role in Stewardship. Roger Riolo, Anza Borrego Institute, Principal of InterpTrain, Inc.
3 – 4 Site Stewardship Forum: Protecting and Preserving Significant Cultural Resources through a Site
Stewardship Monitoring Program. By Archaeologist, Bonnie Bruce - Site Stewardship Coordinator for the
Colorado Desert District and a panel of Site Steward Volunteers.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
9 – 12 Native American Basket and Pottery Display and Demonstrations. (Craft items for sale)
of the Archaeology Lab. Tours
front door approximately every
half hour Visitor Center
10 - 12 Pottery Making Demonstration - Includes clay grinding and paddle & anvil construction techniques.
By: Archaeology Volunteer Carol Black. (Clay will be available for spectator participation)
10-11 Twenty Years of Community Stewardship: The
. Imperial Valley Desert Museum
Jessica Brody, Assistant Director,
Imperial Valley Desert
Museum, Ocotillo, . California
11-12 From a Ranger’s Point of View: Working Together Towards Stewardship of ABDSP Cultural Resources. Ranger Steve Bier, Colorado Desert District.
1- 5:00 Hike to the Carrizo Stage Station: Join State Park Archaeologist, Sue Wade, for an adventurous hike to the site
of the historic Carrizo Stage Station, an Isolated Frontier Outpost in the
Carrizo functioned as a
military supply depot and water stop during the mass emigrations and military expeditions of the late 1840s, was
the site of the first reliable water stop west of the
Colorado River for the
First Transcontinental Mail Link (the San
Antonio & San Diego Mail) and the Butterfield Mail, and was a supply stop for the California Column during the
Civil War, and continued as a way stop for cattle drives into the late nineteenth century. The site was investigated
by California State Parks archaeologists in 2000 and is the subject of the newly published California State Parks
Publications in Cultural Heritage, Volume 29. The hikers will be the first visitor group to see the newly placed
replication of the stage station adobe walls on the exact footprint of the original station as revealed during the
2000 excavations. (2.5 hour interpretive field program)
For both of these field trips, you can car pool from the back parking lot of the Visitor Center at 1:00 PM or
you may meet at the equestrian parking area on Hwy S-2 near mile marker #34 at 2:00 PM.
1- 4:00 Hike to the Bailey Cabin in the Hawi-Vallecito Cultural Preserve: Take a guided stroll back to the romantic,
but rugged, era of Borrego beginnings. Take away the cows and the cowboys and you have the Vallecito Ranch,
as it remains today. This trip will put you in touch with its past. It is a little visited, beautiful piece of recently
acquired park land with a long history of human habitation. Your destination is the Olin Bailey Cabin for a close
up view of unique puddle adobe construction. Mr. Bailey used several different techniques and local materials in
erecting his sturdy desert home. The three mile round trip takes you through the north eastern portion of the Hawi
Vallecito Cultural Preserve. Along the way you will pass what was once a productive melon field, some cow bird
traps, beautiful old mesquite groves, and a lonely standing corral; complete with an intact loading chute. Enjoy the
sights, sounds, smells, and stories of this place with a magical past with your host and guide CDAS volunteer,
Alan Schmidt. (2 hour interpretive field program)
Pre-registration and $5.00 fee required for both the Carrizo Stage Station & Bailey Cabin field trips. For detailed
information and reservations call ABF at 760/767-4063. During Archaeology Weekend: Check for last-minute field trip
openings at the ABF table in front of the Visitor's Center. Wear hiking shoes and bring hat and water.