T HE M ONTHLY P UBLICATION OF THE
P ACIFIC C OAST A RCHAEOLOGICAL S OCIETY
Volume 48 Number 12 ISSN 0270-6776
DECEMBER PCAS SPEAKER PCAS MEETINGS CALENDAR
Dr. Claude Warren HOLIDAY POTLUCK DINNER
December 10 - 6 pm
Strands of Life:
Lecture: 7:30 pm (free and open to the public)
Holocene Lakes in the Mojave Desert
Speaker: Dr. Claude Warren
Until recently the received wisdom was that the
playas of the Mojave Desert have been playas since Topic: Strands of Life: Holocene Lakes in
the Pleistocene - that all the lakes form rarely and are the Mojave Desert
gone in year or two. In 1989 this changed when ge-
ologists took a core from Silver playa in the Mojave Location: The Duck Club
River sink, and found that since the end of the Pleisto- 5 Riparian View (south of Michelson)
cene (10,000 years ago) there have been at least four Irvine
different lake stands in the basin of Silver Playa. One
of these persisted for about 100 years. We have ob- Directions Exit the 405 at Jamboree and go south.
tained more evidence for a number of ancient lakes in Turn left onto Michelson and then right
Cronese basin (also in the Mojave sink) that lasted on Riparian View. The Duck Club is on
more that 12 years, based on the size of Anodonta the right after the water facility.
shells they contained.
The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the
Thus we have a series of dates for 7 lakes forming causes or activities of organizations that use the District’s
in the Mojave Sink (Silver and Cronese playas). We meeting rooms which are made available for public use.
have very little direct evidence that lakes existed in
other basins simultaneously. If perennial lakes were NO BOARD MEETING
available in other playa basins, people would have THIS MONTH!
been attracted to them. Any prehistoric sites present
should therefore be the same age as the ancient lakes
in the same basin. INSIDE THIS ISSUE
The hypothesis that prehistoric sites in other playa 2 November Speaker Notes
basins date to the same times as the 7 dated Holocene 2 December Speaker Biography
lakes in the Mojave Sink is supported by preliminary 3 Rock Art Conference
evidence. Evidence for the chronological correlation
3 Speaker Calendar
of 18 sites located in 7 different playa lake basins
with the dates for the 7 Holocene lakes in the Mojave 4 Holiday Dinner Info and Directions
Sink will be presented. 5 September Board Meeting Summary
Con’t on page 2
6 Dig This – Exhibits, Lectures, and more
The Holiday Potluck Dinner replaces Dinner 7 Code of Ethics
with the Speaker this month. Please see page 4. 7 Quarterly Update
December 2009 PCAS Newsletter Vol. 48 No. 12
NOVEMBER SPEAKER NOTES
Pulling Together the Past: An Introduction to
the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project
Most prior work on the Channel Islands has been
from the point of view of the mainland. New work is
attempting to understand the island point of view. In
particular, the work seeks to understand the socioeco-
nomic relationship between the island and mainland,
describe the characteristics and directionality of
trade, and understand the intensity of production, esp.
of steatite. In addition goals include creating accu-
rate mapping, defining characteristic types of sites
and variability and investigating the time depth in
comparison with other islands. The oldest known November speaker Dr. Wendy G. Teeter with PCAS Pro-
date from Catalina is 7,000 yrs before present. Dates gram Chair Joe Hodulik.
as old as 10,000 are known from other islands in the
chain. December Speaker Biography
Catalina has multiple stakeholders including the Claude N. Warren is a Distinguished Professor
Catalina Conservancy, the Catalina Island Museum, Emeritus University of Nevada, Las Vegas and contin-
the local Native American population and others. ues to be active in research and publication. Warren
UCLA’s team works with all on an inclusive basis. received his Ph.D in Anthropology from UCLA in
Work began following the 2007 fire on the island. A 1964. He taught at the university level for 35 years at
short summer survey (16% of burn area) revealed 20 institutions including University of California Los An-
new sites. One of the main factors that allowed so geles, Idaho State University, Pocatello, University of
much coverage in a brief period was use of a special- California Santa Barbara, and University of Nevada at
ized GPS device called IKE borrowed from the Army Las Vegas.
Corp of Engineers archaeologist, Tad Britt. This unit
contains GPS with point and shoot capability and a His honors include Barrick Distinguished Scholar,
camera. It also has drop down menus that allow University of Nevada, Distinguished Lecturer, South-
standardization of data collection. west Anthropological Assoc., Lifetime Achievement
Award, Society for California Archaeology, and Re-
Returning in the summer of 2008, the team investi- gents' Outstanding Faculty Member, University of Ne-
gated the vicinity of a historic hunting lodge called vada.
Eagle’s Nest. The team found a cameo dating to
early 1900s, many bullets and butchered bone. Addi- Dr. Warren’s publications include over 100 titles
tional survey around the island revealed donut stones, ranging from papers on early Mormon sites in Nevada
steatite bowls and beads. to Early Man site on the San Diego coast and in the
California deserts, and from artifact description to
Returning in the summer of 2009, the team surveyed theoretical models. He has conducted archaeological
and mapped to update site records and investigated field research in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and
tourism-impacted sites. They also began work with Nevada and California. He has also investigated the
the Conservancy on a number of private collections history of archaeological research in many museums
in their possession. and libraries, from the Museum of Man in San Diego
to the British Library in London.
Future summers will locate and document new sites,
update previously recorded sites, work with the Con-
servancy on cultural resources management issues, His major research interests are Early man and Ar-
bring in a specialist to look at landforms and conduct chaic Cultures of the San Diego Coast and the Mojave
a project to gather samples with data to attempt stea- Desert, Ecological approaches to archaeology and the-
tite sourcing using laser ablation and other methods. ory of culture change, intellectual history of archae-
ology and excavation techniques.
December 2009 PCAS Newsletter Vol. 48 No. 12
ROCK ART 2009
San Diego Museum of Man’s 34th Annual Rock
Art Symposium on November 7th was well attended
by PCAS members.
Presentations covered a wide range of subjects
and locales and were all very interesting. Interna-
tional reports included Jeff LaFave’s Overview of
the Rock Art of the Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria, Domi-
nique Rissolo’s study of cave rock art of the Yuca-
tan Peninsula, and a lunchtime video presentation by
Frank Moller on the rock art of Namibia. Steven J.
Waller discussed an acoustic study confirming an
association between rock art locations and potential
for echoes. David Lubman expanded on this con- PCAS table at the Museum of Man’s Annual Rock Art
cept reporting on a study indicating European Paleo- Symposium, November 7.
lithic caves have more paintings in caves with
greater resonance. De Genarro, Scott Findlay, Megan Galway, Steve
O’Neil, and Kathleen Shada.
Closer to home, Steve Freers continued his
study of the human hand in rock art, this year de- Our thanks to Ken Hedges for making the
scribing how the hand was often used as a paint table available, and we look forward to doing it again
brush and showing examples of ‘dabbing,’ next year.
‘streaking,’ and ‘stamping’ that he’s identified. Amy
Gilreath reported on a new National Conservation
Area, south of Las Vegas, created to protect the rock PCAS SPEAKER CALENDAR
art concentrations of Sloan Canyon. Jon Harman,
who developed the DStretch photo enhancement January 14, 2010
software, presented examples of the Great Mural Dr. Matthew Des Lauriers
sites in Campo Monte, Baja, and Mavis and John Rediscovering Huamalgua: The Island of Fogs
Greer brought us cave paintings from the Smith
River valley in central Montana. Nicholas and Bon- February 11, 2010
nie Clapp reported on a very interesting rock align-
Alexander (Sandy) Rogers
ment in the Badlands of Anza Borrego that they be-
lieve reflects a similar iconography to Kumeyaay
Dating the Coso Petroglyphs
sand paintings. Ken Hedges discussed shield motifs
associated with the Yuman and Late Prehistoric March 11, 2010
Patayan of southern Arizona, northern Baja, and Dr. Gary Stickel
southern California. Ice Age Man in Malibu? The Clovis Culture
The PCAS information and Quarterly sales table Discovery at Farpoint
was well attended as usual. Bob Brace did his usual
excellent job of selecting volumes that would be of April 8, 2010
most interest to the attendees. We offered a Dr. Nancy Desautels-Wiley
‘Symposium Special’ on the 40-year index – selling
Bolsa Chica (Part 1)
it for half-price – hoping to stimulate sales among
those who come to the table looking for a particular
report, but can’t remember who wrote it or when it May 13, 2010
was published. Bob has an amazing knack for find- Dr. Nancy Desautels-Wiley
ing the correct issue, but even he isn’t always suc- Bolsa Chica (Part 2)
cessful. Members in attendance at the table were
Bob and Rene Brace, Linda Christison, Dorothy
December 2009 PCAS Newsletter Vol. 48 No. 12
DECEMBER 10TH AT THE
DUCK CLUB IN IRVINE - 6PM
1st Annual Potluck (no additional cost)
This year’s dinner speaker is Claude Warren:
Strands of Life: Holocene Lakes in the Mojave Desert
The Duck Club at 5 Riparian View, Irvine, Ca 92612 Directions:
Driving south on the 405, exit on Jamboree and turn right. Turn left on Michelson, the first signal. Stay on
Michelson. At the 3rd signal turn right onto Riparian View. Pass the IRWD water treatment plant. Follow signs to
Audubon House and the Duck Club.
Driving north on the 405, exit on Culver and turn left. At the second signal, which is Michelson, turn right.
Continue on Michelson to the third signal, Riparian View, turn left toward the IRWD treatment plant and follow
signs to The Duck Club. [Thomas Guide to Orange County, page 859 J-7]
December 2009 PCAS Newsletter Vol. 48 No. 12
NOVEMBER BOARD MEETING 2010 MEMBERSHIP/
SUMMARY SUBSCRIPTION RENEWALS
Secretary Rene Brace called the meeting to order It’s that time of year again. PCAS memberships
at 7:10 pm at the Old Courthouse, Santa Ana, Cali- and subscriptions expire at the end of the calendar
fornia. Board members present: Rene Brace, Gail year and renewals for 2010 will become due on
Cochlin, Megan Galway, Mark Roeder, and Tony January 1st.
Sawyer. Members present: Bob Brace, Scott
Membership renewal notices for 2010 will be
Findlay, Hank Koerper, and Kathleen Shada.
mailed, as usual, at the end of December but you can
The October 2009 minutes and the treasurer’s help us save on mailing costs by renewing your
report were approved. membership now. Use the membership form in this
newsletter, or print one from our website,
The Board unanimously agreed to contact the
www.pcas.org, and mail your check before the holi-
NAHC and to begin the process to return culturally
day rush begins. Remember that membership dues
sensitive material from the PCAS ORA-145 (Dobkin
paid before December 31st may be deductible for the
site) collection. The collection has been inventoried.
2009 tax year.
Board members are continuing to work with the Na-
tive American Heritage Commission (NAHC) and We have been asked many times to provide dis-
tribal representatives to find reburial locations. counted membership for students, and the Board has
recently approved the creation of a Student Associ-
Joe Hodulik will pick up the key and open the
ate class of membership. The annual cost will be $10
Duck Club at 4 pm on December 10 for the Holiday
and will not include voting rights or the PCAS Quar-
Potluck Dinner. Bob and Rene Brace, Scott
terly subscription. Newsletters will be sent by email.
Findlay, Megan Galway, and Hank Koerper will
Applications under this category should be accom-
set up. Everyone was asked to bring holiday decora-
panied by a copy of your student ID card.
tions. The Board agreed to purchase supplies and wa-
ter and will provide coffee and cider. The USPS has again increased postage costs, and
we continue to encourage our members to receive
At the November Election meeting Scott
their newsletters by email. We email in printable
Findlay, Jane Gothold, and Kathleen Shada were
PDF format, as opposed to the non-printable version
elected as Directors to 3-year terms beginning in
posted to the website. If you’ve not yet accepted this
January. There were no nominations from the floor,
option, please give it some consideration. Check the
and the election was by voice vote. PCAS thanks
box on your renewal form or send an email to
Megan Galway for printing the ballots, signing in
members, and verifying the quorum and Bob Brace
for creating tallying sheets in case there had been We’re looking forward to an active and fun 2010,
more than three nominees. beginning with the AIA Archaeology Fair in Janu-
ary. We’ve continued to develop our outreach skills
PCAS will take part in the AIA Archaeology Fair
at Garfield Academy and Smithsonian Day at the
at the Ocean Institute, Dana Point, January 9-10, 10
Old Courthouse Museum and look forward to offer-
am-3 pm. Cuator Mark Roeder reported that the
ing it at new venues. A dedicated group continues to
Fullerton Museum has returned borrowed material.
inventory our collections at the Red Car building,
The museum also gave PCAS the labels that had been
and the Quarterly publication schedule has been ac-
used for the display. Dr. Nancy Desautels-Wiley has
celerated to a point where we can envision actually
been scheduled for April and May and will speak on
being up to date. All of these activities require vol-
Bolsa Chica. No speaker has yet been scheduled for
unteer participation, and it always excites us to see
June. Editor Hank Koerper reported that Beth and
new faces. If you are already a member please con-
Chris Padon will have a double issue completed in
sider joining us in our efforts, and if you know
the near future. It will be published out of order as
someone who is not a member but might enjoy our
Volume 43, Numbers 1&2. Joe Hodulik’s Donation-
company, invite them to a meeting!
Award activity brought in $82 for the Scholarship
fund at the November meeting!
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.
RENEW YOUR PCAS MEMBERSHIP
USE FORM ON PAGE 7
December 2009 PCAS Newsletter Vol. 48 No. 12
Lectures (Classes, Meeting, and Events continued)
Rock Art Classes: Cutting Edge Research on San
Leadership, Resistance and Survival of Southern Diego-Riverside Rock Art, by Dr. Greg Erickson, pre-
California Indians, by Dr. Richard Hanks, a lecture sented by the San Diego Archaeological Center and
of the Coachella Valley Archaeological Society. Ca- the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive. Part 1: Kumeyaay-
thedral City Community Center, December 1, 6:30 Ipai Interpretive Center, Poway, January 14, 7-9 pm;
pm. Free. Information: www.cvarch.org. Part 2: San Diego Archaeological Center, April 10, 11
am-1 pm. Fee: $40 both lectures ($25 members); $25
Classes, Meetings, and Events for individual class ($15 members). Information and
email Rock art class 11-18.pdf.
Interpreting Amarna, the Reign of the Heretic
Pharaoh Akhenaten, full day American Research
The Art and Science of Flintknapping, by Jeanne
Center in Egypt (Orange County Chapter) seminar by
Day Binning, Ph.D. Zzyzx Desert Studies Center, Feb-
Drs. Donald and Susan Redford (University of Penn- ruary, 19-21, 2010. Fee $325 includes lodging and
sylvania). Bowers Museum, December 5, 9:30 am- meals. Information: http://biology.fullerton.edu/dsc/.
3:45 pm. Fee includes lunch: $50; ARCE members Registration through UC Riverside Extension:
$45; students $35. Information: www.bowers.org. www.extension.ucr.edu/schedule/index.html.
www.arceoc.org/Redford.pdf. The 2010 Society for California Archaeology Annual
Meeting will be held at the Riverside Convention Cen-
Rabbit Skin Blankets, by Lorene Sisquoc, curator of ter March 17-20, 2010. Information:
the Sherman Indian Museum will lead an introduc- www.scahome.org.
tory course on making a rabbit skin blanket. A class
of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. December The 2010 Society of American Archaeology Annual
19, 10:30 am-4pm. Fee $25; members free. Informa- Meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-
tion: 760-778-1079 or www.accmuseum.org. 18, 2010. Information: www.saa.org.
Earth Pigments and Paint of the Southern Califor- Websites
nia Indians, by Paul Campbell. Western Center for
Archaeology and Paleontology, Hemet, December Visit www.pcas.org for all the latest PCAS news.
17, 7 pm. Fee: $8; students $5; members free. Infor-
mation: www.westerncentermuseum.org or 951-791- San Diego County Archaeological Society:
The 111th Archaeological Institute of America An- Coachella Valley Archaeological Society:
nual Meeting will be held January 6-9, 2010, at the www.cvarch.org.
Anaheim Marriott Hotel and at the Hilton Anaheim
Hotel. Fee: $155-$205 (discounts for members,
spouses). One day registration available. Information: Editor’s Note: Please check time and place of listing
www.archaeological.org. prior to the event.
Archaeology Fair, a part of the AIA Annual Meeting
programming. Ocean Institute, Dana Point, January 9 Please send your announcement submissions to
-10, 2010, 10 am-3pm. Fee: $6.50; $4.50 children email@example.com. We are interested in re-
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in Dig This.
December 2009 PCAS Newsletter Vol. 48 No. 12
PCAS CODE OF ETHICS
The Pacific Coast Archaeological Society (PCAS) is a non-profit group of professional and avocational people dedi-
cated to proper management of our cultural resources, public education, and the protection and preservation of ar-
chaeological materials and collections.
The following principles have been adopted by the PCAS:
1. Professional methods and forms will be used on all archaeological field surveys, excavations, and laboratory
2. A complete record of field and laboratory work will be filed with the PCAS Curator and stored at a facility
approved by the Society’s Board of Directors.
3. No archaeological materials will be removed without proper permits, landowner permission, and a field research
4. Unless otherwise legally stipulated before activity commences, all materials collected will be deposited for
further research with the Curator at a facility approved by the Society's Board of Directors.
5. All generated reports will be the property of the Society and distributed as deemed appropriate.
6. All Society field activities will be performed only under the direction of a qualified field archaeologist (Principal
Investigator) and the supervision of field or site directors.
7. The above principles will be observed on both Society approved projects and projects performed under the
direction of an authorized institution or organization.
8. The Society and its members will strive to educate the public of the importance and proper management of our
non-renewable cultural resources and to discourage the collection and commercial exploitation of archaeological
9. PCAS members shall not benefit from the acquisition, purchase, sale, or trade of archaeological artifacts,
materials, or specimens.
10. All members shall adhere to City, County, State, and Federal antiquities laws.
PCAS QUARTERLY UPDATE
PCAS Quarterly Production Editors Beth and Terminal Pleistocene – Early Holocene Occupations on the
Chris Padon, with Guest Editor Russell L. Kalden- Eastern Shoreline of China Lake, California, by Mark A.
berg, will soon publish Volume 43, Numbers 1&2. Giambastiani and Thomas Bullard
Present plans are for this double issue to be published Sherlock Holmes Had Nothing on Us: Collections Related to
out of sequence; Volume 42, Number 4 will be the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, California and
printed soon thereafter. Its Environs, by Russell L. Kaldenberg
Although titles may change, the following is a pre- A Preliminary Report of a Rock Feature Complex at the
liminary list of articles: Searles Lake Site (CA-SBR-12134/H), Western Mojave
Desert, San Bernardino County, California, by Kish D. La
Introduction to the Archaeology of China Lake, by Russell Pierre
L. Kaldenberg A Trout in the Milk: Circumstantial Evidence for Disputed
A Protohistoric House in the Argus Range, China Lake Tenancy at Seep Spring, Northern Mojave Desert,
Naval Air Weapons Station, by Mark W. Allen by Michael R. Walsh
Three Archaeological Landscapes of the Mojave B Range, Living on the Edge: Late Prehistoric Foragers on the South
China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station: Pilot Knob, In- Range, by Helen Wells and Clarus J. Backes, Jr.
dian Spring, and North Eagle Crags, by Mark W. Allen The Coso Petroglyph Chronology, by David S. Whitley and
Rose Spring Point Chronology and Numic Population Ronald I. Dorn
Movements in Eastern California, by Alan P. Garfinkel
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