Welcome to the 49th digging season at Calico Early Man Site! Oh what a lovely sight to see all the new members and volunteers who have joined us over the past 3 digging seasons, securing the future of this exciting, controversial, and artifactually rich archaeological site.
October Dig is Oldtimers Weekend. Paul Ehrlich, a professional photographer, will film long-time volunteers as you tell us about your experiences in years past, all the way back to 1964 when Dee Simpson founded the site with Dr. Leakey, our famous Project Director. By our 50th anniversary in 2014, these clips will be made into a film about the history of Early Man Site and and ADA compliant film that will give visitors the Calico experience even if they are unable to walk to the dig sites.
Tell us your funny, sad, or heart-warming stories about people or the site. Have ready notes, memorabilia, and photos that you would like to present on camera. Contact JK, Chris Vedborg, Dee Suchil, or Dee Schroth if you have questions.
Our Saturday night speaker is Cliff Walker, local historian and author, whose topic will be "The Uto-Aztecan Language Cultures - How They Thrived for Thousands of Years in the Southwest Deserts".
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 who 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. Local accommodations: Motel 6 or the Super 8 in Barstow (19 miles), Yermo Oak Tree Inn (7miles), very rough campsites at the dig site (firepits, tables, outhouse only). Or drive in for Saturday only.
Schedule for Saturday, October 6th
8:30am volunteer sign-in, orientation, and assignment (latecomers welcome)
9:00am pits open for digging
12 noon lunch break (bring a lunch from home)
1:00pm digging resumes
4:00 pm pits close
5:00pm - 6:00pm optional dinner ($5 contribution when you sign in)
6:00pm -7:00pm lecture in the new classroom
8:00pm - 9:00pm bonfire (weather permitting)
Sunday, October 7th
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. Could we ever use a mining engineer!
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.