Archaeology Volunteer Training Program


  • Are you interested in assisting in archaeological field surveys and laboratory work?
  • Do you want to learn more about the prehistoric cultural resources of our region?
  • Would you like to be a member of the Colorado Desert Archaeological society?

These interesting opportunities and many more are available to “citizen scientists” who want to play an active role in promoting, documents and stewarding the cultural resources of Anza-Borrego, Palomar Mountain and Rancho Cuyamaca State Parks.

An archaeology training class is conducted annually by the ABDSP archaeologist. The class is an introduction to archaeology and instruction in archaeology survey and excavation techniques will be taught. Additionally students learn about Site Stewardship. Upon completion of the course graduates are eligible to participate in the field and in the Begole Archaeological Research Lab.

The class typically meets Friday evening and all day Saturday.  Friday class is at the Park Headquarters, Begole Archaeology Research Center library. Saturday is in the field in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 

Archaeology field work

Successful completion of the class qualifies trainees for membership in the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society and supports the work of  preserving, documenting and protecting the cultural resources in the 600,000 plus acres of the Anza-Borrego Desert, Cuyamaca Rancho and Palomar State Parks.

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Archaeology Training class.