The CSUB Anthropology Program and Center for Archaeological Research are pleased to announce the 2007 Archaeological Field School at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station (the world's foremost classified research facility).
The Field School will involve an intensive six week session of survey and test excavations from June 18 to July 27, 2007. Because enrollment is limited, students are strongly encouraged to sign up as early as possible! The deadline for applications is April 30, 2007!
The Seep Springs Site (photo by Mark Pahuta).
Rockshelter at Seep Springs in 1964 (photo by Beth Pinnell).
Pictographs at Seep Springs (from Walsh and Backes, Jr., 2005).
The China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), near Ridgecrest, California, hosts some of the most incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites in the desert west. The excavations will take place at Seep Springs, a significant site located on the NAWS South Range containing both prehistoric and historic components.
The site is within Kawaiisu territory and may have been occupied as early as 7000 years ago. According to legend, the locality was also used in the 1800s by the famous bandits Tiburcio Vasquez and Octovio Chavez.
NAWS Archaeologist Russell Kaldenberg outside walled shelter at Seep Springs.
Students will learn basic archaeological survey, excavation, and recording techniques required to execute field research in archaeology. Technical topics covered include survey and excavation strategies, artifact cataloguing, analysis of lithic artifacts, faunal remains, geomorphology and spatial distribution of features and related artifacts.
Center for Archaeological Research
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway, 24 DDH
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
(661) 654-2143 Fax
L. Suzann Henrikson, Ph.D., RPA
Field School Director