SLO County Archaeological Society
Preserving our Past for the Future
In western North America wildfires are generally viewed as a natural hazard that threaten property and life. However, humans have a long history of using fire as a tool to modify the environment for their benefit.
So how did fire go from something useful to something feared? This talk approaches the question by examining contemporary burning practices among a group of Aboriginal Australians in the Western Desert, where fire is used to hunt small game.
The practice also reduces fuel loads, limits climate-driven wildfires and increases local biodiversity. The result is a a resilient ecosystem adapted to human fires. But outside the sphere of human influence, wildfires remain large, unpredictable, and potentially harmful to plants, animals, and people.
Using the Australian case as an example can help inform how we manage fire in California, potentially providing an avenue to develop healthier ecosystems that no longer carry the threat of devastating wildfires.
Tuesday, May 30 6pm to 7pm
Building 8, Room 123 805-756-2752
Our Value to the Community
Our Mission is to:
- Educate and inform about archaeology, anthropology and related subjects, as they pertain to California in general and to San Luis Obispo County in particular
- Promote conservation of archaeological sites, records and collections
- Maintain a library
- Encourage the adoption of archaeological resource preservation guidelines and legal requirements
Our vision also includes:
- Achieve financial security
- Aid, foster, and promote the understanding and appreciation of archaeology, archaeological history, and anthropology of California’s Central Coast through the publication of a bimonthly newsletter, a user-friendly web site, and annual membership meetings
- Make collections available for research to foster a deep understanding of human history through the science of archaeology, history, and the cultural artifacts
- Financial stability of SLOCAS and its Facility
- Ensure the long-term viability of the Facility at its current location
- Continue SLOCAS’ publication series
- Facilitate access to collections and research library
- Establish consistent and timely communication with our stakeholders, customers, and educational institutions
- Maintain Facility and Curation 80%
- Public Outreach and Communications 45%
- Promote Archaeological Principles 95%
Newsletter & Publications
Members receive our newsletter, The Artifact, which keeps them up to date with SLOCAS news and events, and reprints national articles of interest.
A selection of publications is available for purchase, including publications based on the California State Water Project, Coastal Branch Series.
SLOCAS accepts collections from SLO County and the Central CoastLearn More
Frequently Asked Questions
How else can I get involved in archaeology?
USFS Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the US Forest Service
CASSP is the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program, where trained volunteers work with professional archaeologists to protect archaeological and historical resources by regularly visiting sites and recording changes.
Does SLOCAS have archaeological lesson plans and materials for teachers?
Yes! We have lesson plans developed for grades 4-6, which can be adapted for other audiences. Please contact SLOCAS for more information.
How do I become a member?
How is SLOCAS funded?
Can I attend a meeting or special event?
Can anyone view the collections and visit the SLOCAS facility?
Is it ok to collect artifacts?
So much evidence of past human activities (artifacts) has been removed over time and now resides in closets and garages, forever disconnected from its original context and meaning. So let’s leave things where and as we find them. View more