Desert Institute Plans Archaeopalooza 2021 at Copper Mountain College
On Oct. 2, the Desert Institute will produce a free, family-friendly program at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, Archaeopalooza, to celebrate California Archaeology Month and as a tribute to Daniel McCarthy, the Desert Institute instructor of Rock Art classes who died earlier this year. The schedule is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be community outreach tables in the gymnasium and ongoing lectures in the adjoining lecture hall.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Brian Fagan, UC Santa Barbara, whose presentation is titled:
The World of the Erythraean Sea
Dr. Fagan takes us on an archeological and historical journey through the monsoon trade of the Indian Ocean over the past 2000 years. We will sail on a lateen-sailed Arab dhow from the Red Sea to India, and back to the East African coast, explore the monsoon wind cycle and its importance, then explore the “stone towns” of the East Africa coast and travel deep into the far interior of Central Africa, to powerful cattle kingdom centered on Great Zimbabwe. This is a journey into a fascinating ancient world that brought silk from China to Rome and African gold to medieval Europe and beyond.
Additional speakers include:
Dr. Joan Schneider, Archaeology in the Mongolian Gobi Desert: An International Cooperative Project between Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Ikh Nart Nature Reserve
Yanina Aldao Galvan, Practical uses of the California Deserts Plants, a modern take on Ethnobotany
Dr. John Hale, Ancient Technologies: Atlatl and Rabbit Stick
Dr. Jeanne Binning, Flintknapping and Experimental Archaeology: A Way to Learn about the Past
The Education Division of Joshua Tree National Park and the archaeology team at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center will have programs for children