Catalina Island, California
July 15 - August 19, 2009
is an important hub for the intermingling of people and the exchange of ideas and objects. Surrounded by rich marine and lithic resources, the Santa Catalina (Pimu) Island peoples were contributors to an extensive trade network throughout southern and central California and the Southwest.
The Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School is an innovative course that uses cutting-edge scientific tools in a collaborative research project with Tongva/Gabrielino tribal members, the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. The field school is part of the ongoing Pimu Catalina Island Archaeological Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina.
The field school provides students with practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods while immersing them in the 9,000 years of cultural history of the Tongva (Gabrielino) nation with lectures given by local experts, Tongva tribal members, and California officials. Students will also learn about how to apply cultural resource laws to public sector archaeological work.
Partial scholarships are still available. Please see
Desiree Martinez MA and Wendy Teeter PhD
Co-Directors Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School