SC 208: Earliest Inhabitants of Orange County – Class presentation available

Archaeology and Cultural History

Earlier Inhabitants of Orange County Earlier Inhabitants of Orange County 2Orange County has long been a desirable place to live, as humans have inhabited the region for at least ten thousand years. Millions of artifacts have been discovered and collected that chronicle the existence of these people and provide evidence of their daily activities. This class explored the different peoples who called Orange County home from the earliest inhabitants to the Late Prehistoric cultures, known today as the Gabrielino and Juaneno. Discussed were the different site types found in the county including villages, fishing camps, and stone tool manufacture. Explored were the array of different artifact types that are found in the region such as cogstones, shell beads, incised stone and projectile points.  Also reviewed were the history of archaeology itself in the county and examine the role of The Cooper Center in the preservation of Orange County’s natural and cultural history.

 Presenter: Jeannine Pedersen, MA

Class Presentation: Earlier Inhabitants of Orange County

Associate Curator for Archaeology, The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center; and part-time faculty, Department of Anthropology, California State University Fullerton. Ms. Pedersen’s undergraduate degree in History and Anthropology is from Marquette University in Milwaukee and her Master’s degree in History and Museum Studies is from Eastern Illinois University. Her primary passion is the artifact, and she has focused her career on the care, study and interpretation of historical and archaeological artifacts.  She has 16 years of experience working in museums, historical agencies and archaeological repositories.

Developer: Gerald DeVries

Date/Time: Friday, March 14

1:30 – 3:30 PM

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