Past Meetup

Dig Weekend at Calico Mountains Archaeological Site (EMS)

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Calico Early Man Site

Hwy 15 at Minneola Road · Yermo, CA

How to find us

Located about 15 miles northeast of Barstow, CA, off Interstate 15. From the Minneola Road exit( on Interstate 15), follow the signs north about two miles on graded dirt roads to the site.

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

Digging tools provided. If you belong to the Friends of Calico digging is free and if you don't there is a $5.00 charge for the weekend. 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, May 3rd

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 or movie in the new classroom

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

Sunday, May 4th

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) Sponsor and donors.