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Posted by Joel Briggs on July 21, 2003 at 10:02:09:

In Reply to: ucr is the place to ask posted by Saw Once on July 20, 2003 at 23:00:12:

I was not going to not add anymore but,

Some classes you might want to take about Native American Prehistoric Sites:

University of Riverside (UCR)- Anthropology and California History
Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) – Anthropology Department (Professor Dias or Professor Abbruzzese have both done studies and surveys on many archaeological sites in our deserts)
Chaffey College – Anthropology and History (Most of the Instructors have intensive field work in our deserts. Great Resource.)
Mt. San Antonio College (Mt.SAC) – California History (Dr. King). Probably the best class about California’s Mining History in California. He spends about 8 hours covering Cerro Gordo with respect to the railroad, Owens Lake, Native Americans, and the birth of Los Angeles. I am not sure if he still teaches there. I attended his class many years ago and learned so much of what is out there and what is not in publication – if you catch my drift.

I would also recommend that you contact Cal-State San Bernardino Extending Learning Center with regards to Emmett Harder. He offers a course each year about Death Valley and beyond. In fact, he is going to be doing a four week long series on Death Valley at CSUSB this fall – I plan to be there!

With regard to books – I highly recommend you visit UCR’s and CSUSB’s library. You want to browse/search “university publications on archaeological sites” – in the 1960’s and 1970’s, UCLA was publishing about 30 of these a year on archaeological sites in and around California’s Desert. Another great source is Desert Magazine.

I would also recommend you attend a Maturango Museum Petroglyph Tour. Some of the tour guides do an excellent job discussing migration routes and nearby camps.

Joel Briggs

Note: I do know of Dr. Hessler, but was never aware of a “congratulations” from him. News to me!

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