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The Archaeology of Spanish Missions

The Santa Clara University Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by Dr. Lee Panich

19 January 2011
5:10 - 6:00 pm
Kennedy Commons

Dr. Panich will present

"The Archaeology of Spanish Missions:  A View from Mission Santa Catalina, Baja, California."

Dr. Panich will explore how archaeology can add to our understanding of Spanish
colonial missions, using the case study of Mission Santa Catalina, in northern Baja California, Mexico. Founded in 1797, Santa
Catalina was a Dominican mission contemporaneous with the Franciscan
missions of Alta California. In both areas, archaeology can shed new light on the
lives of the indigenous people who lived and worked at mission sites, as well as the ties that native people maintained to communities and resources beyond the mission walls. At Santa Catalina, research into the mission’s native population has employed archaeological investigations, in addition to archival research and community partnerships. These diverse lines of evidence can help to create a more nuanced understanding of colonial California and the role of the mission period in the long-term histories of California Indian groups.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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