March 25, 2005

“The Airfield Site: 9,000 years ago in Carlsbad”

The San Diego Archaeological Center, with a generous grant from Union Bank of California, has researched, designed and installed an interpretive exhibit that documents life in Carlsbad nearly 9,000 years ago based on the artifacts uncovered. This exhibit can be seen April 1 through the end of May, 2005.

More than 10,000 years ago, people lived in Carlsbad and left behind evidence of their lives. We do not know what these people called

themselves or what language they spoke. Most of what we know about them comes from the stone tools they left behind. Just a few miles from the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park was a large archaeological site known as the Air Field Site.

One of San Diego’s earliest archaeologist, Malcolm Rogers was the first to discover the site and the very old stone tools made by the people who lived there. Later archaeologists were able to perform radiocarbon dating on charcoal found near the tools and discovered the sites were very old-from about 9,000 to 7,000 years before present. Archaeologists call the period of time associated with these tools as the San Dieguito Period.

Now, you can see some of these amazing artifacts and the story behind them at the Carlsbad Cole Library.

The Center curates over 4,000 boxes archaeological artifacts and associated documents representing over 450 archaeological sites-and the collections continue to grow. The collections document 10,000 years of the region’s cultural history and relate to the cultural diversity that still exists in Southern California.

Nestled in the historic San Pasqual Valley, adjacent to the Wild Animal Park and Battlefield State Park is the Center’s permanent facility. Admission to the Center and Museum is free to the public during regular operating hours Monday-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM and Second Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM. For more information contact the Carlsbad Cole Genealogical Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive.

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