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Archaeology at the Presidio

The Presidio Archaeology Lab, operated by the Presidio Trust, explores what’s beneath it all…the extraordinary historical record just under our feet. Archaeological research is part of nearly every project at the Presidio and reveals who lived here and how things changed over centuries.


While archaeology studies the past, it is a lively and engaging part of the Presidio’s present. A state-of-the-art lab and curation facility is now preparing to open on the Main Post next to a newly rehabilitated Officers’ Club. Visitors can also see recently discovered features at El Polin Spring, an outdoor classroom revealing the Presidio’s history.


The Presidio Archaeology Lab undertakes research with academic partners, hosts educational programs for school children, offers workshops for professional archaeologists, and will soon launch a new volunteer program. Stay tuned!

Get Involved

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Students enrich their educational experience and develop their chosen career path.
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Field Trips

During the school year, elementary and middle school groups come out for field trips.
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Volunteer Opportunities

The popular archaeology volunteer program will start again when the lab formally reopens.

What We Do

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The Presidio Trust Archaeology Lab strives to demonstrate leadership in the field of archaeology and to increase the public's understanding of our shared cultural heritage.
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 Upcoming Events

Art and Culture, History and Archaeology, Kids and Family
​Join Trust archaeologists and interns on a free tour of t...
Art and Culture, History and Archaeology
​The Presidio Trust invites visitors to witness archaeolog...
Art and Culture, History and Archaeology
​The Presidio Trust invites visitors to witness archaeolog...

The Sites

Archaeology is in action at several sites around the Presidio.

The Artifacts

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See the Finds

Archaeologists have recovered an amazing array of artifacts from locations throughout the Presidio.

    The Lab

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    Coming Soon

    A state-of-the-art archaeology laboratory and curation facility is taking shape near the Officers' Club.

       Contact Us


      Presidio Archaeology Lab
      (a program of the Presidio Trust)
      49 Moraga Avenue