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Dig Weekend at Calico Mountains Archaeological Site (EMS)

  • Nov 2, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • Calico Early Man Site

Come to The Calico Mountains Archaeological Site (Calico Early Man Site) - Learn a little science, have a lot of fun!

Due to the overwhelming response to our Dig Weekends we must limit the number of diggers to 30 per weekend. So the first 30 people that sign up with the Registar ( Dan Eliseuson) Saturday morning will be the diggers for that weekend.

Digging tools provided. Bring hiking boots, hat, scarf, gloves, Saturday lunch from home.  If you have them, bring magnifying glass and knee pads. The Motel 6 or the Super 8 in Barstow (19 miles), very rough campsites at the dig site (firepits, tables, outhouse only). Or drive in for Saturday only.

Schedule for Saturday, November 2sd

8:30 am volunteer sign-in, orientation, and assignment (latecomers welcome)

9:00 am pits open for digging

12 noon lunch break (bring a lunch from home)

1:00 pm digging resumes

4:00 pm pits close and General Membership Meeting starts

5:00pm - 6:pm Dinner ($5 contribution includes dinner and breakfast)

6:00pm -7:pm lecture in the new classroom- Our guest speaker this month will be Russ Kaldengerg, MA, RPA former  State Archeologist for the BLM and now with ASM Affiliates.

8:00 - 9:pm bonfire (weather permitting)

Sunday, November 3rd

7:00 - 8:30am eggs, pancake, juice, bacon breakfast provided in rangers quarters

8:30 - 12 noon digging

noon- head toward home

In case of inclement weather, digging will be replaced by other activities such as weighing and sorting artifacts, training in artifact manufacturing and recognition, site maintenance, or flintknapping lessons.

Friends of Calico Volunteer Wish List:

1) People who can help repair the trails to the pits.

2) Diggers of all abilities and ages, training provided.

3) Teachers who need classroom materials on Archaeology.

4) Horticulturalists and gardeners who can help us establish a garden of local plants.

5) Sponsors and donors.

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  • DANIEL J. E.

    Regarding camping, there is an established primitive campground with approximately 12 campsites which include a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring or pedestal fire box and a very nice vault toilet If there is a Red Flag warning, fires are not allowed. Please view the photo section, I have included campsite photos.

    October 30, 2013

  • LASC Anthropology C.

    We are actually a group of 12 seeking to come November 2nd.

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are looking forward to seeing your group on Nov 2! Please check in when you arrive.

      October 28, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    Sorry i have a conflict with family on this date.

    September 30, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    Any suggestions of a hotel to spend the night?

    July 14, 2013

    • Nancy G.

      Ok, just thought if i needed to bring something if need to refrigerate it. Yay. Excited to join and learn.

      2 · July 15, 2013

    • Barbara

      Hope to see you there in November (I will not be around for the October dig)

      July 17, 2013

  • Kurt W.

    Can we just camp out?

    July 15, 2013

    • Chris V.

      Yes you can. There are several established camp sites at the site and also places for overfill.

      July 17, 2013

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