A "Lost" Collection Makes Its Way Home: The Long Road of the Lost Village of Encino

Author(s): Barbara Tejada

Year: 2015


When a major village site was encountered during construction monitoring in the early 1980s, newspapers declared that the "Lost Village of Encino" had at last been found. In reality, archaeologists suspected its presence since the 1950s based on descriptions of the Portolá expeditions of 1769 and 1770. The resulting archaeological data recovery produced a large collection of artifacts, as well as human and animal burials. Subsequent disputes between the developer, archaeologists, the Native American community, the State Department of Parks and Recreation and even the California Legislature tested the limits of relatively new cultural resources laws in California, and the Encino Village collection remained in limbo, without a complete analysis or a permanent home. This paper will discuss the current efforts to address the situation and to bring this important San Fernando Valley collection back home, so that both researchers and the Fernandeño people have an available connection to the past.

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A "Lost" Collection Makes Its Way Home: The Long Road of the Lost Village of Encino. Barbara Tejada. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396432)


Collections Encino

Geographic Keywords
North America - California

Spatial Coverage

min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;