“Trade, Technology, Subsistence, and Mobility
 Patterns at Sjútkanga, the Encino Village Site, California”

Joanne Minerbi
Urban development has limited the potential for learning about lifeways of hunter gatherers in the San Fernando Valley of California. In this month’s presentation, Joanne will discuss the orphaned archaeological collection from the Encino Village Site, which was excavated
in the mid-1980s. Known as Sjútkanga to its descendants, the village is believed to be the location of the 1769 Portolá Expedition’s first resting place in the San Fernando Valley.
Joanne’s research with the collection focused on the lithics of Sjútkanga. Her analysis of a sample of stone tools and waste from the tool-making process provide insight into village life over the last 2,000 years, including life during times of changing climate. Joanne will present the results of debitage/tool analysis, and obsidian hydration tests. The Sjútkanga lithics sheds light on what people ate, how they moved about the landscape, how they organized their technology, what measures they took to adapt to climate change, and why and how they interacted with surrounding groups over time.Trade, Technology, Subsistence, and Mobility Patterns at Sjutkanga, the Encino Village Site.
Meeting Place
Second Tuesday of every month (no meetings in July and August) at 7:00 pm
Chumash Indian Museum 
3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Ventura County Archeological Society (VCAS) 
P.O. Box 4172 
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 

   The VCAS/Ventura County Archaeological Society was established in 1972 when concerned Ventura County citizens as well as local professional and avocational archaeologists saw a need to organize, study and preserve our County's rich prehistoric heritage.

  The Society has been instrumental in the implementation of research and preservation goals aimed at our local archaeological resources.  With an eye towards the future the Society has a collections and archival curation program, site recordation and monitoring program, and a continuing education program. 

101 freeway take Westlake Blvd exit, go to North Westlake Blvd 4 miles to Lang Ranch Pkwy, turn right. Museum is on right hand side
VCAS Monthly Program - January 8th, 2018