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Visibility and Accessibility: Performing Archaeology at the Presidio of San Francisco

Author(s): Montserrat A. Osterlye ; Juliana Fernandez

Year: 2016

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The Presidio Archaeology Lab is in its second year of a long-term research excavation located in the heart of the Presidio of San Francisco, a national historic landmark district and national park. Employing an open-site approach, visitors are invited to witness archaeologists at work and learn about the archaeological process at the site of El Presidio de San Francisco. The project also includes a robust volunteer program for those who wish to be more involved in discovery, offering the opportunity for deeper connection to the past. This paper discusses how the Presidio’s archaeology program elevates San Francisco’s early heritage, welcomes the public to become involved in active research, and promotes shared stewardship of cultural resources.


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Visibility and Accessibility: Performing Archaeology at the Presidio of San Francisco. Montserrat A. Osterlye, Juliana Fernandez. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434824)



Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 987

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America