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SDCAS's 40th Anniversary

When: November 16th, 2013 at 3:00P.M.

Where: San Diego Archaeological Center


SDCAS Museum of Man Tour

Please join SDCAS for a tour of the San Diego Museumof Man on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The tour will start at 11:00 A.M. at the front door of the Museum, and will be led by SDMoM Collections Manager Karen Lacy.


Cost is $10 per person (must be an SDCAS member, but membership forms will be available for those who are not members or you can visit our website to sign up for membership now!).


SDCAS members will receive a guided tour of the new exhibit BEERology, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the curatorial department (Labs 1-4). We will also discuss new projects and upcoming exhibits at the Museum of Man. When the tour is over, feel free to continue seeing the rest of the museum and exhibits such as “Rites of Passage” and “From the Vaults” as well as permanent exhibits about Egypt and Maya.


*Note: “high-heel” (stiletto, kitten heel, etc.) shoes are not recommended for the curatorial portion of the tour.



The May Collection exhibit (University of San Diego)

 Saturday April 20th, 2013 @1pm


Where: University of San Diego, Serra Hall. The May Gallery is in the main (2nd) floor of Serra Hall (the floor that opens on to the plaza).

Parking: Serra Hall (see map link). Parking is open anywhere on campus on the weekend

Link to the USD campus map:

Please RSVP (short notice is acceptable) to Tim Gross This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The David W. May American Indian Collection is composed of over 2000 objects, including basketry, pottery, wood carvings, jewelry, textiles, folk art, musical instruments, paintings, fetishes, ceremonial costumes and accessories, stone tools, weapons, cradleboards, and dolls.  Included in the display are basketry examples made by Hopi, Tohono O’odham, Pomo, southern California Indian, and Northwest Coast Indian artisans.  Also represented are many fine examples of prehistoric, historic, and contemporary pottery, many by well-known artisans such as Maria Martinez, Carmelita Dunlap, Mark Wayne Garcia, Dorothy and Paul Gutierrez, Lucy Lewis, Josephine Nahohai, members of the Nampeyo family, Stella Teller, Pablita Velarde, Maria Romero, Preston Duwyenie, and Alvina Yepa.



Maritime Museum Tour

Saturday September 8th, 2012 @ 8am 


Join SDCAS for a San Salvador build site field trip. This special tour will consist of a 1 1/2 hour participatory rowing trip around the San Diego Bay while learning about San Diego's Maritime History.  The row boat will arrive at the San Salvador build-site where the Maritime Museum of San Diego is building a full-sized, fully functional, and historically accurate replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s flagship, San Salvador.
Attendees will take a tour of the San Salvador build site which includes demonstrations on shipbuilding, blacksmith, sail making, Native American Kumeyaay demonstrations such as tulle boats, baskets, and pottery making. Ship models will also be on display for your viewing enjoyment.



The Living Coast Discovery Center

Sunday August 5th, 2012 - starting at 11:00am


11:00 am - Arrive at center

11:15 am - Lecture

12:00 pm - Shark and Ray Encounter

12:30 pm - Docent guided tour of the Discovery Center

1:30 pm - Lunch (bring your own) and self-guided museum tour


Take a tour of the native plant garden and discuss coastal plant resources that natives of the area would have used. Tour the museum and discuss prehistoric coastal resources. Feed the sharks and rays at a special SDCAS sponsored* shark and ray encounter.


Field trip participants must be SDCAS members. (You can join the day of the event, at our half-price rate of $15 for individuals; $20 family [1 household]; $7.50 for student)