Day Tour: Submerged Prehistory at San Diego Archaeological Center

02marAll DayDay Tour: Submerged Prehistory at San Diego Archaeological Center(All Day: saturday)

Event Details

Submerged Prehistory
San Diego’s First Peoples Tour Series 2019

Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Multiple Locations

The San Diego Archaeological Center announces Submerged Prehistory, the second tour in the San Diego’s First Peoples series, on Saturday, March 2, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The event will start at the parking lot of La Jolla Shores Beach and features a visit to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This event will take place regardless of the weather. Space is limited to 25 people. Registration for this tour only is $25, $20 for members. Please register at

As a supplement to the new By Land and By Sea exhibit at the San Diego Archaeological Center, this field trip series will explore the physical locations and landscapes that the first people in the America’s lived in.

Dr. John Hildebrand will guide this second tour on San Diego’s submerged prehistory. During the earth’s last glacial period, global sea level was lower by more than 100 m from the sea level of today. The continental shelves exposed by these lower sea levels would have been an important landscape for migration and habitation of peoples coming into the Americas. The La Jolla region of San Diego County is the location of an offshore submarine canyon, bringing marine resources near to the shoreline, both today and at the time of lowered sea levels. In this field trip, we will examine the geology, marine ecology and archaeological record of the La Jolla region, and discuss the role of submerged landscapes in understanding North American prehistory.

Dr. Hildebrand is a Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the co-Director of the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. He has been involved in local archaeology for more than 40 years. He has a BS from University of California San Diego and a PhD from Stanford University, and has conducted studies in marine geophysics, geoarchaeology and marine mammal biology.

For more information, please contact Public Archaeology Director Stephanie Sandoval at or by telephone: (760) 291-0370.