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General meetings of the Kern County Historical Society are held monthly between September and May, with the exception of December. The meetings feature speakers on subjects pertaining to county history, historical sites, and Kern lore. Field trips are led by experts well acquainted with the sites. Meetings and field trips are open to members, guests, and the general public. Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month in the Lake Room at the Beale Memorial Library at 5:30pm. Historical Society members are welcome to attend the board meetings.

“Ts’wikon Rediscovered: Recent Archaeological Investigations at the Inland Chumash Village in Cuyama Valley” with Robert M. Yohe II @ Wool Growers Restaurant
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm

Reservations are required for this event!

Over the past five years, the archaeological field classes at CSU Bakersfield, have been conducting test excavations at the last of the six known Inland Chumash village sites in the Cuyama Valley. In addition to surface artifacts, the limited investigations have identified at least 16 house-pit features and have been processing the archaeological materials recovered.

This site has the unusual feature of having been left undisturbed by modern looters and relic hunters, and therefore is of even greater significance from an archaeological standpoint since the site is pretty much as it was when it was abandoned in 1826. This presentation will be a brief summary of what has been discovered thus far.

Dr. Yohe is the Professor of Anthropology at CSU Bakersfield and current head of the Department of Anthropology. He has been involved in more than 200 major archaeological field projects. Dr. Yohe has an impressive 39 years of experience as a professional archaeologist and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including journal articles, book chapters, and text books. He has experience in the excavation of a wide range of archaeological sites throughout California, the Plateau, the Great Basin and supervised excavations of a large Byzantine cemetery and Greco-Roman tombs at the site of Tell El-Hibeh.