Excavate History focuses on the people of early California history including the native Ohlone and Spanish colonists. This program teaches students how archaeology can help us discover more about the people who once lived at El Presidio de San Francisco. Through a series of hands-on activities, students investigate how the Ohlone and Spanish colonists changed the natural and cultural landscape of the area. In small groups, students rotate through three stations:
- Archaeology Lab Visit - Students will visit a real archaeological lab and learn about what archaeologists do.
- Interpret El Presidio - Students use primary sources to discover the original military fort and visit archaeological sites.
- Making Adobe Bricks - Students learn how to make adobe bricks and compare them to the adobe wall in the Mesa Room.