Come to The Calico Early Man Site Archaeological Dig - Learn a little science, have a lot of fun!
Our 2011-2012 digging season has been spectacular, with multiple finds each digging day, scads of new diggers, and the academic community beginning to take interest in this massive archaeological treasure trove of tool manufacture.
At the March dig, we had an unexpected visitor from Europe, Dr. Miguel Camaparros, Departement de Prehistoire, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, an archaeologist who studies Neanderthal sites near Cordoba, Spain. He was intrigued by the similarity of the tools he finds in the collapsed cave he excavates and those at Calico Early Man Site. Ahh, Calico, always a dating issue!
Barbara has become an outstanding new crew chief who is a pleasure to work with in the pit. Also helping out organizing the Rock Wren pit were Dave LeCocq, Dave Moreno, and Claude Short. Chris Vedborg organized an impromptu off-site picnic. Nearby were traces of Native American village paths and sleeping circles.
Since diggers are mulitplying these days, we need new people to be trained as head diggers. So, student archaeologists, this is an unprecedented opportunity for your C.V.'s, free training included. Dr. Dee Schroth is mapping out new dig sites to expand excavations.
Our Guest Speaker, Ted Garcia, storyteller at the Gene Autry Museum in Griffith Park, told us about his Chumash Family and answered with grace our questions about the history of this culture that traditionally lived along the California Coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo, storytelling and songs included. Told in true campsite style, under the clear starry skies around a bonfire. Our Guest Speaker for April will be rockhound, jewelry maker, and head digger Katie Boyd who will educate us about oxides, a class of rock.
Food! Dinner Saturday nite was spaghetti & meatballs, salad, minted fresh fruit salad, assorted cheeses, herbed buttered asparagus, chocolate cake, and apple pies.
Digging tools provided. Bring hiking boots, hat, scarf, gloves, Saturday lunch from home. If you have them, bring magnifying glass and knee pads. Make your reservations early in Barstow - the military is in town until April 23. 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, April 7
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
5:00pm - 6:pm Dinner ($5 contribution)
6:00pm -7:pm lecture in the new classroom
8:00 - 9:pm bonfire (weather permitting)
Easter Sunday, April 8
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.