July 17th-August 14th, 2015
Santa Catalina Island is an important hub for the intermingling of people and the exchange of ideas and objects. Surrounded by rich marine and lithic resources, Island people were contributors to an extensive trade network throughout southern California and the Southwest.
The Pimu Catalina Island Archaeological Field School is run in partnership with California State University Northridge (CSUN) and each student is awarded 8 semester credit units. This field school is also a collaborative project between the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project, the Catalina Island Conservancy, the University of Southern California and members of the Gabrielino (Tongva) Nation.
PCIAFS provides students with a practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods as well as the application of cultural resource and environmental law and policies within a land conservancy. All this happens while being immersed in 9,000 years of cultural history with lectures given by local experts, Tongva tribal members, and research professionals.
Now in its eighth year, we have trained over 90 students from all over the country and have documented over 80 different archaeological sites across Catalina Island. The field school is part of the ongoing Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina Island.
Join us for our next year of research!