CSUN Anthropology at the SCA Meetings

The CSUN Department of Anthropology was well-represented at the recent 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology in Visalia, March 21-23. Six MA students presented papers, including


Jairo Avila: “The Proof is in the Paint: Efforts in Bringing Rock Art Studies into Mainstream Archaeology.”

Krystal Kissinger: “Life and Labor on the Aqueduct Line: An Archaeological Investigation of the Work Camps of the First Los Angeles Aqueduct.”

Efren Martinez Reyes: “Archaeology of the Restoration Camps Associated with the St. Francis Dam Disaster.”

Hugh Radde: “Interpreting the Cultural Landscape of Toyon Bay [(CA-SCAI-564), Catalina Island.”

Austin Ringelstein: “Galleons, Temples, and Beads: Early Euro-Native Cultural Interactions at Two Harbors.”

Ann Stansell: “Memorialization and Memory of Southern California’s St. Francis Dam Disaster of 1928"


Stansell also organized the symposium “‘There it is, Take it’: The First Los Angeles Aqueduct in the California Landscape” showcasing the department’s Forgotten Casualties Project.  In addition to Kissinger and Martinez, other participants in this session were alumna Julee Licon, David S. Peebles (Angeles National Forest), Allan Pollack (Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society), and Prof. James E. Snead.  Radde and Ringelstein’s presentations were made in the symposium “Current Research from the Pimu/Catalina Island Archaeological Project,” co-organized by Prof. Wendy Teeter. With several other current students, alumni, and collaborators in attendance at the meetings, it was a great success for Anthropology at CSUN!

 Participants in the Symposium, "There it is:  Take It" (from left to right):  alumna Julee Licon, Allan Pollack (Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society), Anthropology Professor James E. Snead and MA students Krystal Kissenger, Ann Stansell, and Efren Martinez Reyes.