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Archaeology in Joshua Tree National Park
Desert Institute Cultural History Course


Discover the ancient peoples who were defined by the arid landscape of what is now Joshua Tree National Park. Anthropologists Joan Schneider, Ph.D. and Claude Warren, Ph.D., both of whom have extensive experience leading archaeology field studies in Southern California, will discuss how archaeologists study human culture, history, and evolution through material remains and environmental landscapes. The class will begin with an archaeological overview including an exclusive visit to see the artifacts and archival collections at Joshua Tree National Park’s Research Museum. The course will have two sessions in the field to study how landscapes relate to the prehistoric and historic peoples who lived in this area. The field sessions will require hiking in the desert and will provide students with new insights into the park's cultural heritage.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park this field class meets at Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Saturday, October 13, 8:30 am – 5 pm and Sunday, October 14, 9 am – 4:30 pm. This class is offered for 1 unit of credit through the University of California Riverside Extension for $160 ($150 for JTNPA/PINE members) or non-credit for $110 ($100 for JTNPA/PINE members). For brochure, information and registration call (760) 367-5535 or visit

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