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Archaeology at the Presidio

The Presidio Trust archaeology program 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. The archaeology program conducts ongoing research, hosts educational programs for school children, and offers workshops for professional archaeologists.

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 program 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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History and Archaeology
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History and Archaeology
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History and Archaeology
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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.