Archaeology

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The Alta California Mission Research Project of the CSU Monterey Bay Institute for Archaeology constitutes that dimension of research and teaching and learning devoted to the archaeology and ethnohistory of the early California missions and presidios of the Monterey Bay. Currently, project initiatives have been devoted to the archaeological and historical study of the Old Mission so as to interpret the architectural and social histories of the site, while at the same time providing a critically needed resource base for assessing the historic preservation needs of the Old Mission and community of San Juan Bautista. Student projects and project-based learning experiences currently center on the development of interpretive resources for the historic preservation and archaeological salvage of the Old Mission of San Juan Bautista. All project efforts are geared to the excavation, documentation, and conservation of the archaeological and historical collections of the mission while at the same time provisioning a Museum Education Program operated collaboratively by the students of the Institute of Archaeology and the parishioners and volunteers of the mission and community of San Juan Bautista.

The project-based learning labs launched under the direction of Principal Investigator and Project Archaeology Dr. Ruben G. Mendoza are devoted to the creation of a Museum Education Program for the Old Mission of San Juan Bautista. Student projects have long centered on the development of museum exhibitions, artifact displays, and multimedia instructional materials and educational resources directed at interpreting the history and traditions of the Old Mission and community. Over the course of the past 17 years, project efforts have been directed at the development of public education programs for the Old Mission of San Juan Bautista, including initiatives at promoting museum education and docent programming, the development of children's multimedia, monitoring cultural resources management, and generating information for visitors and the general public.  Community service learning contributions have as such been a mainstay of those efforts undertaken by CSU Monterey Bay students under the direction of Professor Mendoza.