PCAS General Meetings

Monthly lecture meetings feature noted archaeologists and anthropologists who provide insight into a variety of topics. Lecture meetings are held at the Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue (between the I-5 and I-405) in Irvine, on the second Thursday of each month, at 7:30 pm. Meetings are free and open to the public. See vicinity and detail maps of PCAS meeting location. For additional directions, please call Scott Findlay, 714-342-2534.

Please Note: The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the district’s meeting rooms that are made available as a public service.

You are invited to join the speaker and PCAS members for dinner before the general meeting. It's an informal opportunity to visit with an acknowledged expert. We meet at 6:00 pm at a local restaurant. Please check the newsletter (left menu) for location.

No lecture meetings in July and August. See you in September.

September 12, 2019

Richard Carrico


October 10, 2019

Natalie Brodie

Ashes from Ashes: Archaeologists and Forensic Dogs Recovering Lost Human Remains

In this lecture archaeologist Natalie Brodie will discuss current efforts to recover cremated human remains following a massive wild fire in Butte County. Volunteer archaeologists have been paired with trained forensic dogs and handlers to search for cremated remains in the wreckage. Ms. Brodie will discuss the process used by the archaeologists, the remarkable results of the effort, and the value of the archaeological process for remains recovery. Note: this presentation will show photographs of cremated human remains.


Working as a professional archaeologist in California for the past 17 years, Ms. Brodie has gained experience in nearly all aspects of cultural resources management. She received her B.A. in anthropology at UC San Diego in 2002 and an MA in applied anthropology from San Diego State University in 2013. Her professional interests include historical archaeology, early hydroelectric systems, and the effects of climate change on archaeological resources. Outside of work, she has a passion for vintage dancing, Victorian costumes, vegan baking, and hugging trees.

November 14, 2019

Barbara Tejada

Coming Home to Siutkanga: A Journey of Research and Repatriation of the Lost Village of Encino


Coordination to reunite and bring the collection from the "Lost Village of Encino" (CA-LAN-43), excavated in 1984-85, to Los Encinos State Historic Park began in earnest in early 2013. From the first delivery in early 2015, to the final van load in fall of 2018, the collection has undergone sorting and re-housing by a team of State Park staff, volunteers, and student interns. Along the way, new informtion has emerged on the lithics assemblage, olivella grooved rectangular (OGR) beads and bead manufacture, the high incidence of tarring pebbles, and the burial/cremation complex. Working with the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe, the collection has helped instruct tribal members on lithic technology, and in turn, genealogical research sponsored by the tribe has revealed more about the ethnohistory of the village. Work continues to identify NAGPRA materials in the collection for repatriation. Sorting and cataloging this collection will enable continued research on this important Western Tongva site.


Barbara Tejada is the District Archaeologist for the California State Parks Angeles District, covering park units in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. She has over 20 years' experience in southern California archaeology. In addition to State Parks, Ms. Tejada has worked at Caltrans, the Getty Center and in archaeological consulting. She earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology and geological sciences at UC Santa Barbara, and completed graduate-level coursework at California State University Bakersfield. Ms. Tejada has been a board member of the Antelope Valley Archaeological Society, the Ventura County Archaeological Society, and the Society for California Archaeology. She currently is the board chair and acting director of the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks.

December 12, 2019 Holiday Dinner

Dr. James E. Snead