Category Archives: Seminars

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

SAS Scholar Symposium

Annual Scholar Symposium (2)
U. C. Davis and Cal State Sacramento Scholars
Saturday, February 10, 2018
3:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Yolo County Library, Arthur F. Turner Branch
1212 Merkley Avenue,
West Sacramento, CA 95691
3:00 Meet, greet and set up
3:30 Sara Watson “Middle and Later Stone Age Lithics of South Africa”
4:15 Patricia McNeill, “Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition in Europe”
5:00 Giulia Gallo, “Serbian Excavation—Fire Feature”
5:45 Rosemary Brother, “FROM FEATURES TO FIGURES: Statistical Analysis of Selected California Native American Baskets
6:15 Close and clean up

Scholar Symposium

Annual Scholar Symposium (1)
Scholarship Recipients
Saturday, January 6, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi St.1212 Merkley Avenue,
Carmichael , CA 95608
In 2017 Sacramento Archeological Society awarded eight scholarships to support archeological/anthropological education. Two of these individuals will be presenting at the Scholar Symposium on Saturday, January 6, 2018 on the experiences made possible by the scholarships. Three others will present on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
1:00 Meet, greet and set up
1:30 Karlen Sippelhoute, “Northern Israel Excavation”
2:30 Break
2:45 Lucia Diaz, “Central and Eastern Sierra Nevada Excavations and Survey”
3:45 Close and clean up

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.

Eclectic Exchange

Eclectic Archeological Exchange
Saturday, March 4, 2017
12:00 p.m. at
Carolyn & Gordon McGregor’s
1334 Mission Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608

Please note that the date of the Eclectic Archeological Exchange has changed to March 4, 2017.

Have you ever wondered how artifacts were dated? Paul K. Davis will shed light on current techniques and practices. He will provide a brief survey and comparison of many dating methods from radioactive to tree rings etc., with a chart comparing their applicability to different materials and age ranges.

In addition Gerrit Fenenga will review Oregon “Older than Clovis” Archaeology as revealed in the SAS 2016 Oregon Tour.
12:00 pm Meet and greet followed by lunch catered by Carolyn McGregor
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Paul K. Davis, “Age Measurement Techniques”
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Gerrit Fenenga, “Oregon ‘Older than Clovis’ Archaeology”

RSVP 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.

Paleo-Indians in California

Saturday, October 15, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by Maidu Museum & Historical Site

1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, CA 95661

Archaeologists present viewpoints on Paleo-Indians (the first people who entered and inhabited the Americans) with a focus on recent research, important sites and artifacts in California.


10:00 a.m. Tour of Maidu Rock Art – Dan Foster

11:00 a.m. – Paleo-Indian Introduction – John Foster, “SAS Texas & Oregon Tour Insights.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch break (Bring you own lunch or get lunch in the area an enjoy museum)

1:00 to 1:45 p.m. – Gerrit Fenenga, “Witt Site–Tulare Lake”

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. – Rick Fitzgerald, “Paleo-Coastal Tradition: Real or Imagined 30 years later”

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. – Greg White, “Borax Lake & Northern Sites”

3:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Closing

Open to the Public –Donations welcome

For more information contact Ruth McElhinney at 916-396-4945