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Jim Eighmey

Palomar Anthropology

Archaeological Excavation


Anthropology 120, 205, 206:  Beginning and Advanced Archaeological Excavation

Panorama of Los Penasquitos Excavation.

Excavations at the Los Penasquitos Ranch House

What:  The beginning class (Anth 120) teaches basic excavation techniques, artifact identification,    soil terminology, and local culture history.  The advanced classes continue this instruction with advanced students taking supervisory roles and conducting analysis on prehistoric (205) and historic (206) artifacts respectively.  This class is a low-cost or no textbook course. Students are required to purchase a small inventory of personal field equipment.

When:  Excavation classes are held every Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 during the Fall semester.

Where:  We are currently excavating near the Los Penasquitos Ranch House near Black Mountain Ranch Road in San Diego.  This site has cultural material extending from 7,000 B.C.E. to the present. Los Penasquitos Ranch House is one of the oldest historic structures in Southern California.

Who: This class has no prerequisites. Come join us!


Whisky Bottle from Rancho Penasquitos

Bottle from Los Penasquitos Ranch



Last modified on July 19, 2018