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New Evidence – Humans in North America >15,000 years ago

Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc. is pleased to present an American origins sympoium on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 by three renowned archaeologists. They will share latest discoveries which push back the probable dates for the peopling of America to at least 15,800 years ago and discuss various migration scenarios, including a Pacific Coast route, the Kelp Highway Hypothesis.
• 1:00 – Jon Erlandson, PhD, archaeologist, professor and director of the Museum of Natural & Cultural History (MNCH), University of Oregon who has worked on California’s Channel Islands for 40 years will discuss human evolution, the role of fishing and seafaring in human prehistory, and the peopling of the Americas.
• 2:15 – Pat O’Grady, PhD, archaeologist at University of Oregon led a tour for SAS members at the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter site in Oregon where evidence of human presence possibly older than 15,000 years has been found. At this symposium he will discuss the results of the 2016 and 2017 excavation seasons.
• 3:30 – Mike Collins, PhD, archaeologist, Texas State University and director of Gault School of Archeological Research (GSAR) will discuss the very earliest evidence for people in the Western Hemisphere–who they may have been, when they arrived, whence they came, what their cultural materials were like, how they might have gotten here, and what we know about their dispersions across the Americas
UCD Extension, 2901 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816, Room 200
Park on 2nd level, $3 parking fee if validated
Doors open at 12:30
Suggested Donation – $5
Questions? Please contact Jan Johansen at

Annual Meeting and Scholar Presentations

Atlatl and Bow Replication and Alaskan Excavation”
By University of California Scholars. Kevin Smith and Erika Ebel
Saturday, December 9, 2017
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Carolyn and Gordon McGregor’s home
1334 Mission Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608

At our annual meeting we are pleased to have two University of California Scholars who received SAS scholarships in 2017 present their research and field work. Kevin Smith will speak on his production of atlatls and Erika Ebel will talk about her Alaskan adventure at the Adelphi University field school in the Tanana Valley.
The schedule for the event is as follows:
12:00 – Meet and Greet
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – SAS Annual Meeting with election of officers
2:30 – Kevin Smith, “Atlatls and Bows”
3:30 – Erica Ebel, “Alaska, Tanana Valley Excavation”
5:00 – Close

Lunch will be provided by Carolyn McGregor. The lunch is complementary from the McGregors but a contribution to our scholarship fund of $15 per person would be appreciated.

For Carolyn to manage her catering PLEASE provide your RSVP by Monday, November 28 to Carolyn McGregor at 916-487-6218 or She will be serving ham and chicken. When you confirm your attendance, please indicate your preference for ham or chicken.
Don’t miss this annual meeting. Bring a friend.

Archaeology – A Journey of Discovery from Ancient Origins to Recent Past

Join Sacramento Archeological Society at Maidu Museum and Historical Site on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 for presentations on
• Human Origins in South Africa – “Pinnacle Point” by Allan Keown, Renaissance Society at CSUS, Membership Chair and “Pleistocene Coast South Africa – A Special Environment for the Evolution of our unique species” video presentation by Curtis Marean, PhD, Professor, Anthropology, Arizona State University
• “Varsche River 003 (South Africa): recent investigations into behavioral variation during the Middle Stone Age and implication for modern human origins” by Teresa Steele, PhD, Professor, University of California Davis
• Emigrant Trails – “Archaeology of Emigrant Trail Routes”, by John Winner, current Past National President of Oregon-California Trails Association

Maidu Museum & Historical Site
1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, California 95661
Questions? Please contact Jan Johansen at

Eclectic Archeological Exchange – Australian Aboriginal Dream Time Rock Art and Early Homo Sapiens

Eclectic Archeological Exchange
“Aboriginal Dream Time Rock Art and Australian Early Homo Sapiens (Mungo Lady and Man)”
Saturday, June 10, 2017
12:00 p.m. at
Carolyn & Gordon McGregor’s
1334 Mission Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608
SAS avocational members, Tom and Jan Johansen visited Australia in November 2016. They focused on rock art and early Homo Sapiens in Australia. On June 10th they will share photos and stories from their exploration. The rock art sites visited included: Split Rock near Cooktown, Ubirr in Kakadu near Darwin, Anbangbang, Burrunggui and Nanguluwurin in Kakadu, Uluru near Alice Springs, Bunjil, Billimina and Manja near Grampians, and Ku-ring-gai near Sydney.
The main early Home Sapien archaeological site visited was Mungo Lake. At this site Mungo Lady (dated to 40,000 BP) and Mungo Man (dated to 34,000 BP) were excavated.
Please RSVP by June 1 to Carolyn McGregor at Guests are welcome.

Annual Scholar Symposium

Annual Scholar Symposium
Scholarship Recipients
Sunday, January 15, 2017
12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Yolo County Library, Arthur F. Turner Branch
1212 Merkley Avenue,
West Sacramento, CA 95691

University of California Scholars will be presenting on their involvement in recent archaeological research.
Roshanne Shirley Bakhtiary – University of California, Davis graduate student. “Stable Isotope Evidence of Seasonal Shellfish Harvesting and Consumption in Prehistoric Central CA”. The summer of 2016 she directed a field school where an inland midden deposit in Santa Clara County (CA-SCL-330) was excavated. She used the scholarship award to conduct stable oxygen isotopic analyses of ancient shellfish collected from the site.
Amanda Dobrov – University of California, Berkeley student. “Roman Amphoras of North Africa: Markers of A Pan-Mediterranean Economy”. The summer of 2016 she was part of a team at the American Academy in Rome in connection with the Palatine East Pottery Project, (PEPP).
Sarah A. Hall – California State University, Chico graduate student. “Re-examining Stature Estimation Methods in a US Historic Cemetery: Skeletal Analysis of Remains at Valley Medical Center.” The summer of 2016 she studied adult skeletons from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Cemetery (SCVMCC) collection, housed at California State University, Chico.
Anna Khrustaleva – University of California Santa Barbara student. “Excavation in Lower Illinois River Valley: Investigations at the Audrey-North Site”. During the summer of 2016 she attended a six week excavation project under the direction of Dr. Grey Wilson, UCSB on Audrey-North Site, a lower Illinois Mississippian River Valley occupation site.
Jason Miszaniec – University of California, Davis, graduate student. “Exploratory Testing and Mapping of a Large Prehistoric Village, Shaktoolik , Alaska”.  During a two week field season in 2016 he collected organic samples for radiocarbon dating from the Difchahak (NOB-005) site at Shaktoolik, Norton Sound, Alaska. The funds that he received from Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc. were applied to the cost of radiocarbon dating of samples.
Jewell Cora Soriano – University of California Berkeley student. “After Reform: A Study of Land-Use Pattern Following Rapid Social Change in the Bolivian Altiplano”. The summer of 2016 she worked on an archaeological project in Bolivia. The Taraco Archaeological Project has been excavating the area since 1992 and during the 2016 summer began a targeted mapping project of key archaeological sites on the Taraco Peninsula.

Annual Meeting Featuring Neandertal Research and Carbonized Wood Identification

Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc.’s Annual Meeting


“Current Neandertal Research and Identification of Carbonized Wood Remains”

By University of California Scholars

Saturday, December 3, 2016

12:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Carolyn and Gordon McGregor’s home

1334 Mission Ave.

Carmichael, CA 95608

At our annual meeting we are pleased to have four University of California Scholars who received SAS scholarships present their research, field work, and training. Naomi Martisius, Susan E. Lagle and Samantha Dunham have been studying Neandertals in Europe. Each will speak on their research and experiences. Mallory Melton is analyzing the La Blanca wood assemblage.  She will speak on her training in taxonomic identification of carbonized wood remains that she received at the Boston University’s Wood Identification Workshop.

Scholar Symposium on 1/17/2016

Annual Scholar Symposium


Scholarship Recipients

Sunday, January 17, 2016

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Yolo County Library, Arthur F. Turner Branch

1212 Merkley Avenue,

West Sacramento, CA 95691



1:00 Allison Blair – “Imprisoned in Ireland”

1:40 Leah Hansard – “The Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project 2015 Field Season”

2:20 Rachel Davies – “Rimrock Draw Rockshelter in Oregon – Older than Clovis Excavation”

3:00 Break

3:10 Derek A. Boyd – ““Anthropology Abroad: Osteological Investigations of Two Historic Cemeteries Housed at the Museum of London, Centre for Human Bioarchaeology”

3:50 Julia Prince-Buitenhuys – “Insights into Dietary Ethnogenesis at the Santa Clara County Medical Center Potter’s Field”

4:30 Wrap up and prep for a 5:00 close of facility

  • Allison Blair is a senior at University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Anthropology and English.  Her career goal is to become a National Park Ranger.  To expand her experience she attended the Spike Island Field School in Cobh, Ireland during the 2015 summer.  The island housed a prison from the 1800’s.  The school continued to search for missing convict burial grounds excavate of a walled cemetery and the site of the Wooden Prison, a temporary prison building.  This project was intended to provide insights into Ireland’s prison system.
  • Derek A. Boyd is a graduate student at California State University, Chico majoring in Anthropology. During the summer of 2015 Derek spent a month in London collecting data for his master’s theses. He analyzed patterns of trauma on human skeletal remains from two socio-economically disparate post-Medieval communities. At the Royal College of Surgeons in London he searched through historical documentation of pathology reports, patient records, and other miscellaneous items to gain an understanding of how trauma was treated in the post-Medieval period. In this presentation he plans to share with the Sacramento Archaeological Society his experiences as an independent researcher in London, as well as the preliminary results of his Master’s thesis research.
  • Rachel Davies graduated from California State University Sacramento.  Her interest is in great basin Zooarchaeology.  During 2015 summer she participated in the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter field school.  Excavations from this site have produced findings that suggest Western North America may have been occupied by pre-Clovis people as early as 16,000 B.P. This last summer excavation began in the 7,600 old Mazama volcanic ash layer and worked down.  We will be excited to hear of the findings.


  • Leah Hansard completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics at the University of California, Davis in the spring of 2015 and is now a first year graduate student in Art History at the University of Texas, Austin.  She would like to become a curator of classical art and archaeology and lead excavations in the Mediterranean.  As a second year participant at the Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project in Italy, she worked as a Trench Master-in-Training and deepen her archaeological skills.  We will be interested to hear about the excavation.


  • Julia Prince-Buitenhuys is a graduate student at California State University Chico majoring in anthropology.   She was studying the migration and acculturation that occurred in Santa Clara Valley between 1870 and 1935 by performing stable isotope analysis on a sample population from the Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center Potter’s Field.  This analysis provides insights into dietary practices and the general immigration status of those interred at the cemetery.  We are very interested to hear her assessment of the ethnogenesis process for this region in this period of time.

Annual Meeting – Cory Wilkins “The Archaeological Conservancy” on 12/5/2015

Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc.’s

 Annual Meeting



“The Archaeological Conservancy in CA”


Cory Wilkins

Western Regional Director

The Archaeological Conservancy

Saturday, December 5, 2015

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Carolyn and Gordon McGregor’s home

1334 Mission Ave.

Carmichael, CA 95608

At our annual meeting we are pleased to have Cory Wilkins, Western Regional Director of The Archaeological Conservancy (TAC) speak on

(1)   General descriptions of all properties TAC currently owns in California and Nevada

(2)   A detailed discussion of TAC’s most recent purchase, the Siemer Preserve on the edge of Big Valley and near Bieber, announced in TAC’s attached Fall 2015 American Archaeology magazine at pages 48-9 by Deanna Commons.

(3)   Other properties in California and Nevada that TAC is currently considering purchasing.

The agenda for the event is as follows:

2:00 – Social hour.

3:00 – SAS Annual Meeting

3:30 – Presentation

4:30 – Dinner, socializing, and raffle

Dinner will be provided by Carolyn McGregor. The menu includes light snacks and wine for the social hour and a main course of ham, potatoes, green bean casserole, relish plate, rolls and a dessert.  The cost of the dinner and contribution to our scholarship fund is $15 per person.  This fee includes one raffle ticket per person.   Additional raffle tickets may be purchased as follows: 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.


In addition students who attend apply the $15 charge to next year’s membership and no charge will be collected for the dinner.


For Carolyn to manage her catering PLEASE provide your RSVP by December 1 to Carolyn McGregor at 916-487-6218 or

Don’t miss this annual meeting.  Bring a friend.

Talking Stone and Sacred Stories on 11/7/2015

Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc.

Co-sponsored by the Mythological RoundTable® Group of Sacramento,
a chapter of the Joseph Campbell Foundation



Saturday, November 7, 2015

10:00 -11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by Maidu Museum & Historical Site

1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, California 95661



10:00 a.m. – Tour of Maidu Rock Art


11:30 to 1:00 – Lunch break (Bring your own lunch or get lunch in the area and enjoy museum)

1:00 p.m. – Screening:  TALKING STONE: ROCK ART OF THE COSOS

2:00 – Guest Speaker Lecture with Dr. Alan Garfinkel Gold: “Stone Age Metaphors:  Sacred Stories and Symbolic Songs of the Immortal Bighorn”


For more information view our event flier.

Texas Archaeological Tour starting on 10/11/2015

Texas Archaeological Tour of Pre-Clovis/Clovis/Paleoamerican sites starting on 11/11/2015 

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 to Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

Starting at Austin, TX concluding at Houston,TX with variable ending points depending on your schedule

Archaeologist, Mike Collins, PhD, tour host


Sacramento Archeological Society is pleased to offer an extensive archaeological tour of 29 locations in Texas, including 19 Paleoindian sites (three Pre-Clovis sites, 10 Clovis sites and 6 Late Paleoindian sites).  These date from 15,500 to 500 B.P.

The tour is hosted by Mike Collins, PhD (Research Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University, San Marcos) and director of Gault School of Archeological Research (GSAR).

Sites planned to be visited include:  Gault, Friedkin, Wilson-Leonard, Spring Lake, Knibbe, Kincaid, Arenosa, Devils Mouth, Seminole, Eagle Nest, Bondfire, Big Lake, Midland, Shifting Sands, Lubbock Lake, Plainview, Black Water Draw, Horne, and McFaddin Beach.   Additionally, we will visit University Museum and Private Collections that came from these sites.

If you are interested in joining us for all of part of this tour, contact Dennis Fenwick at  or 916-373-1465 (cell). For more information view our event flier.