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Exploring OC’s Archaeological Past

Research Conducted at Cooper Center Presented at Statewide Meeting
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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)