Our FREE General meetings are held on the 4th Tues. of each month, except December (and summer months) at 7:30 pm. Come early to mingle, socialize, and network with fellow archaeology-minded folks - and enjoy light refreshments.
The meetings are held at Los Peñasquitos Ranch House.
Tuesday March 25th 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Ritual Symbols in Rock Art: Cupules and Incised Grooves in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, Texas
Presented by Cara Ratner
Rock art at archaeological sites are often dismissed as a culturally symbolic representation that cannot be objectively or scientifically analyzed or interpreted adequately. Such dismissals are detrimental to understanding all aspects of a given culture. Although uninformed interpretations of rock art panels are counterproductive, systematic recording and the testing of different hypotheses is a valid way to begin to better understand the possible range of social functions of rock art. This research examines whether indigenous women’s fertility is represented in rock art depictions, known as cupules and groove marks, in the archaeological record. Cupules are defined as a boulder or rock slab covered with small rounded depressions (cupules), usually four to six centimeters in diameter and two to three centimeters in depth. Groove marks are deeply and narrowly incised lines rarely more than two centimeters in depth. In this research, I systematically document and contextualize the pit and groove rock art style in the Lower Pecos, Texas. I also test whether cupules and groove marks are tied to a functional purpose with an experimental project.
Tuesday February 25th 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Wisdom in the Waste: Obsidian Studies and Late Prehistoric Social Systems
Presented by Nikki Falvey
Perfect for flint-knapping and beautiful to behold, obsidian is always an exciting find at an archaeological site. However, as an exchange item with at least 80km between its quarry sources and San Diego County, its discovery also provides valuable information about exchange networks during the last period of our local prehistory. This presentation will outline how social organization and settlement patterns can be investigated through the examination of obsidian artifact distribution and frequency.
Tuesday January 28th 2014 @7:30 p.m.
A Visit to the British Museum
Presented by Ken Hedges
On a recent trip to England, Ken Hedges, San Diego archaeologist and former museum curator, was able to tour the galleries of the British Museum. With the January lecture, Hedges will discuss the wide ranging collections he encountered and tour you through the archaeological galleries of one of the world’s most fascinating museums.