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Anthropology and Archaeology

Anthropology is the study of people and cultures.

The Anthropology Division is responsible for the curation, management, conservation, and study of the museum's anthropology collections. These collections include ethnographic collection, the archaeological assemblages and site records, special rock art slides, and photographs. The curator is also in charge of the Archaeological Information Center, and the research library.

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Rustler Rockshelter - The 1992 Excavations at Rustler Rockshelter
(CA-SBR-288), Eastern Mojave Desert, California.
Mark Q. Sutton. SBCMA Quarterly 52(4) 2005.

Rustler Rockshelter - The 1992 Excavations

Robbers Mountain: Revisiting the archaeology and rock art of Bierman Caves, by Helen F. Wells and Claurs J. Backes, Jr. 2007, SBCMA Quarterly vol. 53, number 4

54(3), 2008. BORAX LAKE: collections at the San Bernardino County Museum, by A.C. Cannon, W.E. Hayden and A.B. Schroth, and A STUDY OF THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF BORAX LAKE REGION by G. A. Smith.

Ethnography image: basketsEthnography

Objects from recent people and cultures

Archaeology image: Baldwin Lake siteArchaeology

Objects from people and cultures of the past

Ethnobotany image: mountain mahoganyEthnobotany

Plants people use

Special Collections image: petroglyph from Black CanyonSpecial Collections of Photographs and Slides Photo Studio

Photographs and slides 

Library/AIC image: mapArchaeological Information Center
and California Historic Research Information System

Research Library

Books and articles about people and cultures, past and present.

Available by appointment.

The division welcomes volunteers Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open the first and third Saturday of each month to accommodate volunteers who can work only on weekends. Volunteers assist in collections management projects, scanning slides and photographs, library organization, cataloging archaeological collections, and many other museum-related projects. To learn how to become a volunteer in the anthropology division, submit the volunteer form.

We encourage local colleges and universities to use our resources for senior papers, theses, and independent studies. Internships are available in archaeological laboratory methods and museology through the Anthropology Division.


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