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Archaeological lectures 1st Monday of every month in Farrand Hall.

Information: Call Tacy Kennedy at 805-682-4711 ext 141 or

Abundant Harvests: The Archaeology of Industry and Agriculture at San Gabriel Mission
Lecture by John Dietler, Ph.D., RPA
Monday, May 1, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Farrand Hall

Mission San Gabriel Arcangél was known as the Pride of the Missions due to its legendary agricultural productivity and its prominence in Southern California as a center of commerce and social interaction during the mission period. The first archaeological data recovery project worked within the mission’s garden area and revealed more than 300,000 artifacts and 45 archaeological features. It examined the economic and social organization of the mission and revealed a dynamic and resilient native population that, despite clear hardships, was well-supplied with domesticated meat and locally gathered plant foods.


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