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Dig Weekend at Calico Early Man Site

  • Oct 6, 2012 · 8:30 AM
  • Calico Early Man Site

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome weekend! It was so great to see everyone again — and to meet some wonderful new people. Same time (first full weekend), next month! Can't wait!

    October 9, 2012

  • JK M.

    Now I know why I keep coming back, 7 years and counting. What a wonderful, thrilling weekend with the marvelous, caring, brilliant, passionate volunteers. Jk

    October 7, 2012

  • David M.

    I have a 2008 Mustang with a 5 inch clearance to the road. Will this type of vehicle make it to the site? No other vehicle is available.

    October 4, 2012

    • JK M.

      I have a Hyundai station wagon and that makes it over the road, but I don't know its clearance. The road is graded, but it does have some bumps. If you live near Hollywood, you would be welcome to ride with me. I am leaving Saturday morning at 6am. JK

      October 5, 2012

    • David M.

      Thanks for the offer, however, I live in Hemet which is about 80 miles away from Hollywood. Thanks again.

      October 5, 2012

  • Claude

    Hey David! You should be able to make it up there. There are a couple spots where you'll need to be careful- 1 is in the wash near the old dump (Rocks!), the other is at the entrance and part way up the road. It gets pretty sandy there. When you get to that part, go up the right-hand road. It is not as bad.

    October 4, 2012

  • DANIEL J. E.

    Good evening, I am most pleased of your participation at the Calico site.Important information,to camp on-site arriving on Friday 5 Oct you must advise Chris Christensen, Site manager [masked]) of your intentions. 2cd if you are going to indulge in our Oktoberfest theme supper (The season most popular) and Sunday buffet breakfast, at registration, please be prepared for your $5.00 per person donation, Meals registration required by 12:00 noon or you don't eat. Dan Eliseuson - Registrar

    September 23, 2012

  • Tom F.

    Volunteered and met JK, Claude, Chris,... in November, 2009. Coming again from out-of-state with my brother and definitely looking forward to another dig!

    September 5, 2012

  • DANIEL J. E.

    My intentions are to arrive on or before Wed 3 October - I suspect that registration is going to be quite busy and I want to be prepared. Gunga Dan

    July 8, 2012

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