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Dig Weekend at Calico EMS

  • May 4, 2013 · 8:30 AM
  • Calico Early Man Site

Come to The Calico Early Man Site Archaeological Dig - 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, May 4th

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 includes dinner and breakfast)

6:00pm -7:pm lecture in the new classroom

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

Easter Sunday, May 5th

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    P.S. Thanks for the kind words about your visit to the Calico Site. Chris and I do our best to make the experience fun and informative for all who brave our dirt road (it's graded and easily passable for all cars!) and enter our humble gates. For the rest of you here at meetup that haven't been out to see us yet, we hope you'll make time for a visit.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Melody! So good to hear from you! I have already talked to our education chair, Maggie Foss, who is excited to do what she can to help with the process of starting an archaeological badge for the girls! (GO GIRLS!) Being an "old girl" myself I just had to say that. And no, I didn't mean" old girl scout"--- although I was one of those too! We'd also love to have your group come out in October again. I will email you the forms to get it set up.

    May 18, 2013

  • Melody A.

    Hi Dee!

    Thank you so much for the detailed tour of the dig site. Our Girl Scout Troop really appreciated your time and effort. We are starting an archeology badge. You are so inspiring!! Can we visit you in October also?

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Weekend everyone! We got so much accomplished with such a wonderful group of diggers! We opened a new square in the main pit and a trench behind the buildings (which will contain a much needed retaining wall after we are done excavating). In the Fall, we will open a new test dig pit along the trail. For those of you who didn't come last weekend because you were worried about the number of people "attending" - PLEASE mark your calendar and join us in October!! And thanks to everyone on this site for your continued support!

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Chris V.

    Great dig weekend. Everything went smooth. Thank you everyone for the helping hands.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Steven G.

    We had a great time... met some wonderful people. Thank you

    May 4, 2013

  • Michelle

    My tire was low this morning so Im getting it repaired and then I week will be heading out there.

    May 4, 2013

    • Tom L.

      I rsvp but am bummed I won't make it out this weekend.

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Brock. Not sure if you are meeting a group or just asking about full directions to the site. Here goes - When you exit Interstate 15 on Minneola Road go north (left if you are coming from the LA area). The road curves around past an open gas station and an empty market. Keeping going even after it becomes county road and watch for a sign that says Calico Early Man Site. Turn left on the graded gravel road and follow it down until you see a second sign for Calico. Turn right and follow it into the site. Hope we'll see you tomorrow!

    May 3, 2013

  • Brock W.

    Hi, just double checking on specifics because the map directions were a little broad. Are we meeting right at the intersection of Hwy 15 and Minneola Rd or is there a location near that we should head for? All apologies; first timers.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You will need to bring your own tent ... or just sleep in your car. Winds are expected to be blowing this weekend. The high on Saturday is expected to be 95 degrees (nice overnight weather of 62 degrees) and cooling down Sunday into the 80's - whoo who!

    May 3, 2013

  • Cesar E.

    Hi, for the campground, do we need to bring our own tents or will people share and provide space? I cant afford a motel but might be able to obtain a tent, if i can borrow one.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SATURDAY DIG WEEKEND DINNER - Spaghetti (your choice of sauce - marinara, meatballs, sausage) salad and bread. A $5 donation is requested and includes breakfast on Sunday morning too! TORTOISE CROSSING!! The sign at the site is for real! Our long time resident has been paying us visits at Camp Leakey over the past week, so please watch for her when you drive in, and check under your tires before you leave. Thanks!

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This month is our annual drive for new members and we would really “Dig It” if you’d join the Friends of Calico, Inc. (FOC)

    You will not only be help us keep the site available for current volunteers such as yourselves, but also for future generations to enjoy and learn about archaeology! An annual individual membership in the FOC is $15, a Family membership is $20 and a student membership is $10. Checks can be made payable to the Friends of Calico, Inc. and mailed to: Friends of Calico, PO Box 535 Yermo, CA 92398, or join the FOC at the site on May Dig Weekend and you will receive a free pen!

    Members have voting rights in all general elections, receive a
    bi-annual newsletter called the Calico Core (click above on “More” and then “Files” to see a 2010 copy) and a 10% discount in the site Gift Shop.

    We hope to be calling you a “Friend” real soon!

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There has been some confusion about “memberships” at our archaeological site in Yermo. Here on Meet-up, when you join our group you are called a “member.” This gives you access to the people and information on this webpage only. The Calico Mountains Archaeological Site is not subsidized by any university or federal organization. Our non-profit group, Friends of Calico, Inc. (FOC) has kept the site open for visitors to see our historic digs, and for all those interested in archaeology to have a place to learn – tools and instruction provided! - without the expense of college tuition, since its formation in 1978. We do this through memberships in our organization, sales in our site gift shop, and donations.

    April 30, 2013

  • DANIEL J. E.

    Tent camping - try to give yourself two hours before dark to setup camp SAFETY NOTE: DO NOT HAVE VEHICLE RUNNING WHEN IN CAMP, EXHAUST FUMES KILL. As a Minnesota Park Ranger I have had more camper close calls due to carbon monoxide poisoning than anything else.

    April 29, 2013

  • Kaitlyn S.

    Oh also for the camping near the site, is there plenty of room, do we need to also register for a camp site, or is it first come first serve?

    April 19, 2013

    • Kaitlyn S.

      that was on DANIEL J. ELISEUSON's comment below

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You don't need to register for a camp site, there are plenty, but let us know if you will be there on Friday night so we can leave the light on. Okay, not really a light, but we'll lock up tight at 4:30 pm (closing time) if no one tells us they are planning to come out after work and camp overnight Friday. The Site Manager's phone number is listed above in Dan Eliseuson's message. Hope to see you at the site in May!

      April 26, 2013

  • Kaitlyn S.

    Ok, so how do we know If we were one of the first 30?

    April 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please don't worry. That 42 count includes people who come out regularly to help with other projects at the site besides digging in the pit. We will have archaeological digging work for all who are interested in doing it. We hope you will join us!

      1 · April 26, 2013

    • Chris V.

      Of the people who are signed up I know 8 will not be digging. Please read what Dan Eliseuson wrote below.

      April 26, 2013

  • Tammi s.

    Can an 8yr old come to the dig?

    April 12, 2013

    • Tom L.

      There is a rule on age somewhere on the homepage.

      April 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Tammi! Kids of all ages are welcome at the site. They cannot dig in the main pit (as Tom pointed out) but we have "mock" pits next to our schoolhouse and they can learn in those. We're always happy to encourage budding archaeologists! We had two girls working in the kid's pits at the April dig weekend.

      1 · April 26, 2013

  • DANIEL J. E.

    Excavation sites max capacity and staff availability dictate procedures--REGISTRATION IS ON SITE CALICO. As folks arrive, I form groups of 10. which are turned over to the Project Director Dee Schroth PhD (Archaeology) The GOTO people are the Site MGR Chris Christensen and the Project Director Dee Schroth. Dan Eliseuson - Registrar. Read all of the Meetup site information CAREFULLY PERUSE ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY they should provide some information regarding life at Calico. please GO TO THE PHOTO GALLERY AND VIEW THE PHOTOS OF VARIOUS CAMPING MODES Cheers - Dan Eliseuson - Registrar

    April 19, 2013

  • Steven G.

    I met Ruth Simpson about 30 years ago... Retireand residing in Newberry Springs (2 1/4 miles from dig site), I'll likely be on foot, hiking in with my grandson. We're looking forward to it

    April 19, 2013

  • DANIEL J. E.

    A hearty welcome to Mark Campbell, When I was working CRM for Tetra Tech at Edwards AFB is when I met several CRM folks including Mark and Clint Walker

    April 19, 2013

  • Cesar E.

    Hi, so it's the first 30 people who get there first, register for the dig? or we must register before hand and where?

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tammi, I left you a message in another area of the meetup, but again, your daughter is welcome. She cannot work in the main pit with the adults,but we have "mock" dig pits for kid's to learn in. Hope you see you both in May!

    April 12, 2013

  • Chris V.

    Our guest speaker for this meetup will be Mark Campbell. The topic will be "Native Americans of the Mojave Desert". This should be another good one.

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey ! Look forward to the dig!

    April 7, 2013

  • Brock W.

    We're looking forward to it!

    April 7, 2013

  • Alex H.

    I forgot my club adviser ( Dr. Darcy Wiewall PHD -- Archeology )

    April 6, 2013

  • Alex H.

    I hope i wasn't too late in registering -- I'm the VP of the Anthropology Club at AVC and my guest will be the President!

    April 6, 2013

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