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PALOMAR COLLEGE ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAM. A Winning Combination. Brief Program History. Created in 1975 Designated as the Community College Public Archaeology Program for Southern California Founded by Dennis O’Neil Later led by Stephen Crouthamel Directed Since 1996 by Philip de Barros.

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Brief Program History

  • Created in 1975

  • Designated as the Community College Public Archaeology Program for Southern California

  • Founded by Dennis O’Neil

  • Later led by Stephen Crouthamel

  • Directed Since 1996 by Philip de Barros


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Program for Whom?

  • The highly motivated avocationalist

  • The student seeking a career in Cultural Resource Management (CRM)

  • The student pursuing an advanced degree who wants good practical field and lab training


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Program Degree and Certificates

  • A.A. Degree in Archaeology (33 units)

  • Certificates (21 units each)

    • Archaeological Excavator

    • Archaeological Surveyor and Lab Assistant





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Required Courses for Excavator Certificate

  • Intro Physical Anthropology

  • Intro Cultural Anthropology

  • Intro Archaeology

  • Archaeological Excavation

  • Advanced Excavation

  • Prehistoric Cultures of North America

  • Original Californians OR

  • Physical Anthropology Lab (1 unit) + Special Problems in Archaeology (2 units)




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Required Courses for Surveyor & Lab Assistant Certificate

  • Intro Physical Anthropology

  • Intro Cultural Anthropology

  • Intro Archaeology

  • Archaeological Excavation

  • Archaeological Surveying

  • Lab Analysis

  • Advanced Excavation OR

  • Advanced Surveying


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Types of Internships

  • Museums, Labs, and Curation Facilities

    • San Diego Archaeological Center

    • San Diego Museum of Man

    • Palomar College Archaeology Lab

    • South Coastal Information Center

    • Barona Museum and Cultural Center

    • Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

  • Private Environmental Firms

    • Tierra Environmental Services (Scripps Ranch)

    • ASM Affiliates (Encinitas)

  • Government Agencies

    • Calif. State Parks (San Diego, Cuyamaca, Anza Borrego



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Program Upgrades IEquipment 1997-2000

  • Infrared total station for mapping

  • GPS units with Pathfinder software

  • Digital scales and light table

  • Digital camera, scanner, & camcorder

  • 2 Pentium computers & field laptop

  • 36” color map plotter and digitizer

  • ArcView GIS 3.2 and Auto CAD 2000

  • 10 tripod screens and field flotation device

  • 200 topographic and historical maps


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Program Upgrades IIEquipment & Programs2000-2004

  • Conversion of Site Catalogs to Electronic Format with MS Access

  • 4 Pentium III 800 mHZ Dell computers

  • New Pentium 4 computer, 2004

  • Dell Inspiron 8000 field laptop

  • Idrisi 32 GIS and contouring software

  • Additional copies of ArcView GIS 3.2 and Auto CAD 2004

  • Trimble GPS Datalogger Version 3.0 with Pathfinder 2.80 software.


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Program Upgrades IIICourses and Training

  • Advanced Archaeological Survey (ANTH 220)

    • GPS, Total Station, and AutoCad Map training

  • Internship Program Thru Coop Ed (CE 150)

  • New Course, Fall 2004: Historical Archaeology (ANTH 225)

  • Certificate in GIS option (5 courses)

  • 120 hrs ESRI ArcView 3.2 and ArcGIS 8/9 training for program coordinator


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Community Outreach IHigh Schools and Colleges

  • High School Interns and Contacts at San Marcos, Buena Vista, West hills, and City Center High Schools

  • Career Day Presentations to Local High Schools and High School Counselors

  • Escondido Summer Work Program

    • Joey Parish, Orange Glenn High School

  • Agreement with Cal State San Marcos

  • USD Archaeology Cooperation Conference


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Community Outreach IIPress

  • Palomar Telescope and Class Schedules

    • Ads for Survey and Excavation Classes

    • Articles on Current On-Campus Excavations

  • North County Times

    • Articles on 1997, 2002 and 2003 excavation classes

    • Feature article on program in 1999

  • San Diego Union Tribute: 2002 feature article

  • Listing Program in AAA Departments of Anthropology, 2000-2001 edition


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Community Outreach IIIInternet Web Pages

  • Archaeology Program(11,503 hits)

    • Program Goals and Course Descriptions

    • Degree and Certificate Requirements

    • Career and Employment Opportunities

  • Cuyamaca 2000 Survey Photo Essay (2412 hits)

  • Student Success Stories Photo Essay (1351 hits)

  • Excavations 2000-2003 Photo Essays

  • California Indian Conference 2002

  • ARCHAEOLOGY CLUB 2003-2004

  • Link to Soc. for Calif. Archaeology Web Page


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Program Growth 1996-2004**Dr. de Barros on Sabbatical Spring 2002



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