Research being done with Orange County’s archaeological collections — including that done by faculty, staff, students and alumni of Cal State Fullerton — was the subject of a special session at the March 10-13 Society for California Archaeology 2016 annual meeting in Ontario, Calif.
The special program was organized by Steven R. James, professor of anthropology, and Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman, associate curator for archaeology at the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, a joint CSUF-County of Orange curation and research facility. Presenters included
- “Prehistoric Human Impacts on California Mussel: A Morphological Analysis From Site CA-ORA-1208 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach” by Leah Walden-Hurtgen ‘14 (M.A. anthropology)
- “Rising Sea Levels Threaten Archaeological and Historical Sites in Southern California” by Jere H. Lipps, director of the Cooper Center
- “The Incised Stones of CA-ORA-662, Pelican Hill in Orange County” and “The Cooper Center: Strategies for Educational Programming, Outreach and Social Media” by Pedersen-Guzman
- “Cogged Stones of Southern Coastal California: An Enigma Within an Enigma” by James
- “Revisiting ORA-3, an Orphaned Collection in Coastal Orange County” by Patricia “Megan” Wilson-Thuler ‘14 (M.A. anthropology)