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.
The Hall of History contains artifacts from Newberry Cave, the
Calico Site, bifaces from several sites in the western United
States, an Archaic display, a science and archaeology display,
and a lithic technology display.
Pre-projectile Period: before 18,000 BC (before 20,000 years
Late Pleistocene Period: 18,000 to 8,000 BC (20,000 to 10,000
Archaic Period: 8,000 to 2,000 BC (10,000 to 4,000 years
Intermediate Period: 2,000 BC to AD 500 (4,000 to 1,500 years
Late Period: AD500 to AD 1700 (1,500 to 300 years ago)
Historic Period: AD 1700 to present (300 years ago to the
To learn more about an ongoing archaeological project, visit
of the Calico Early Man Site
To learn how to become a volunteer
in archaeology, contact Adella
Schroth or submit the volunteer