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Coachella Valley Archaeological Society 15th Annual Symposium

The15th Annual Symposium of the Coachella Valley Archaeological Society is set for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at College of the Desert’s Pollock Theatre.

This year’s theme is Difficult Times: Adaptive Practices. Activities are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon then continue in the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public.

A panel of professionals will discuss the History of Cahuilla Indians from Mission times to the present, legends, archaeological verification, their importance in California history and more.

Speakers and invited guests include:  College of the Desert faculty and alumni; Native American elder Anne Hamilton of the Torres Martinez Band of Cahuilla Indians; World renown ethnographer and expert on Cahuilla culture Dr. Lowell Bean; Archaeologists Dr. John Hale, Dan McCarthy, John Goodman; College of the Desert faculty Harry Quinn, Ruth Nolan, and COD alumnus Brendan Helliwell; Rev. Galal Gough, rock art recorder and enthusiast.

For more information, call Symposium Coordinator Dr. Ellen Hardy, COD Associate Professor of Anthropology at 760.776.7449.