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ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY OPEN HOUSE
Come See the Artifacts and Laboratory Research!
Monday, June 20 – Thursday June 23, 1:00 – 4:00pm
The Presidio Archaeology Lab
230 Gorgas ( click for map )
To book a group tour or if you have questions about this program contact:
Barbara Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650/725-6884
Please join us for “After the Dig” this summer's laboratory research program. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the “next step” in the archaeological process. W e will be analyzing artifacts from our Summer 2003 and 2004 excavations at El Polín Springs to answer questions about the history of El Polín Springs and the Briones family. Very often when people think of archaeology, they think about digging. But in truth this is just the tip of the iceberg. The lab is where we undertake positioning the various pieces of the puzzle together to begin to understand what life may have been like for the Briones family during the Spanish-colonial and Mexican era of the Presidio of San Francisco (ca. 1779-1847).
Previous Research at El Polín Springs
Historians have been interested in El Polín Springs since the early 1900s, and in 1992 NPS archaeologist Leo Barker identified El Polín Springs as a location where archaeological remains might be found. In 1997, Barbara Voss, then a graduate student at UC Berkeley, discovered archaeological deposits at El Polín Springs during a survey of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed. In Summer 2003 and Summer 2004, Voss and her research team used hand auger-coring and hand excavation to better understand the deposits at the site. Our field research resulted in several discoveries:
Questions We Hope to Answer
1. What can we learn about the historic fire that burned the earliest adobe building at El Polín Springs?
2. Did other people live at El Polín Springs before the Briones family?
3. What economic and trade networks were the people who lived at El Polín Springs involved in?
Current Research Strategies