October is California Archaeology Month; an entire thirty-one days dedicated to celebrating the field of archaeology, Native American and California history. Sponsored by the SCA, the Society for California Archaeology, California Archaeology Month seeks to integrate archaeology and history with California’s kindergarten through Grade 12 curriculum to raise awareness and entice young minds.
During the month of October, archaeologists across California are invited to involve themselves with the public. The SCA website offers several suggestions for how this can be done:
- Invite yourself to a 4th grade classroom to talk about Native Californians and Archaeology
- Give a talk at your local public library
- Bring artifacts for show and tell at a retirement community
- Host an open house of your academic department or firm laboratory
- Do a flintknapping demonstration at your local farmer’s market
- Introduce an archaeology themed-book to your reading group
If you are an archaeologist living or working in California, I hope you’ll do your part to share your profession with the public.