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Past Lectures/Workshops

Join us for one of our upcoming lectures we will be delivering in collaboration with the Santa Rosa Laguna Foundation at the Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa this fall:

What’s in a Name: Stories Behind Northbay Place Names

November 18, 2017 at 3:00–4:30pm

Mara Vejby

Place names are an important, and often overlooked, part of our cultural environment. They act as anchors on the land and are important markers of territory. Place names also store knowledge of ecology, people, stories, and events of our past. Even as their origins are slowly forgotten or embellished, the names of these places are remembered. Dr. Vejby will take us on a short tour through the Northbay and share with us some of the origins behind the names we use today.

Using Archaeology to Reconstruct Trade Patterns

November 2, 2017 at 7:00–8:30pm

Jay Reti

This lecture will address methods that archaeologists use to assess how groups of people interacted and traded with one another in the past. Dr. Reti will discuss how artifacts, rocks, and bones tell a complex story of where people are from, where they have traveled, and who they have interacted with. Discussions will range from local Sonoma County obsidian sources, to methods of stone tool manufacture, and reconstructing diets of people in the past. These concepts will be broadly applied to Sonoma County examples.

Making and Identifying Stone Tools

November 5, 2017 at 11:00am–1:00pm

Jay Reti

This workshop will address the fundamentals of Lithic Analysis (the study of stone tool technology). Participants will learn the basics of how to produce sharp-edged flakes from raw rock, how to identify markers on these flakes that demonstrate it was produced by a human, and will interact with examples of stone tool technology that spans 2.5 million years of human evolution. Hot drinks and light snacks will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy on-site after the workshop.


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