objects from people of the past
The archaeological collections consist of artifactual and ecofactual
material from historical and prehistoric archaeological sites.
The majority of the prehistoric artifacts are lithic, although
some items made from vegetable or animal products are present.
The historical material consists primarily of metal and glass
items, although a few wood items are also present.
The archaeological collections include assemblages from research
conducted by archaeological avocational groups, professional archaeologists
conducting private research, cultural resource management (CRM)
contracts, and from donations. Our curation facility is accepted
by the federal government as an official repository for site assemblages
removed from federal lands. Additional assemblages are the result
of valid professional research completed with appropriate permits.
To learn more about an ongoing archaeological project, visit
of the Calico Early Man Site
To learn how to become a volunteer
in archaeology, submit the volunteer