Archaeology of California’s Cultural Landscape Discussed Feb. 27

AIA colloquium to present archaeologists whose work focuses on California history before annexation

Steve Freers

Rock art researcher Steve Freers will be one of the presenters at the Feb. 27 colloquium. Photo courtesy of AIA

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Archaeological Institute of America Local Society-Riverside and Inland Southern California will present a colloquium, “A Sense of Place: Archaeology of California’s Cultural Landscape prior to Annexation,” on Saturday, Feb. 27, from noon to 3 p.m. at UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main St., in downtown Riverside.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The program includes the following presentations:

  • Todd Braje, associate professor of anthropology, San Diego State University: “13,000 Years of Maritime Cultural Landscapes on California’s Northern Channel Islands”
  • Thomas Patterson, distinguished professor of anthropology, UC Riverside: “Landscape Formation in Southern California’s Inland Empire”
  • Steve Freers, rock art researcher and author: “Personal Marks on the Cultural Landscape of Southern California”
  • Julia Bourbois, Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Riverside: “In the Middle of Nowhere: The Introduction, Expansion, and Environmental Consequences of Livestock in San Diego County, 1780-1850”

This colloquium provides a unique opportunity to learn about these important chapters in the history of California from the archaeologists who have excavated, researched, and fought to preserve these sites, said Denver Graninger, associate professor of history at UCR and organizer of the Archaeological Institute of America Local Society-Riverside and Inland Southern California.

The AIA Local Society strives to implement the mission of the AIA in Riverside and San Bernardino counties by: supporting archaeological research and fieldwork; educating peers, students, and the interested public about archaeology; and advocating for the preservation of archaeological sites around the world as part of our shared cultural heritage.

For more information about the event, visit the AIA Local Society website or Facebook page, or contact AIA Local Society organizers: Craig Lesh, CEO of Heritage Education Programs, at; Shawn Ragan, graduate student in history at UCR, at; or Graninger, at

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