MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Museum and History Center presents a Fireside Chat that will please historians and those who like to dig into the past.
The talk is Fire and Ice: Historic and Archeological Research at Fish Camp/Summerdale in California, and takes place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The conversation will summarize the preliminary findings of archaeological and historic research by Dr. John Pryor, who has been working with his students and Native Americans as part of the mitigation for impacts due to the construction of the SilverTip Lodge at Fish Camp California.
John Pryor is an archaeologist with over 45 years of field experience, mostly working in California.
His work has spanned traditional academic archaeology to cultural resources management and, over the last 15 years, consulting for Native American tribes in California. He is currently a Full Professor in the Anthropology Department at CSU-Fresno.
The archaeological site has a rich prehistory and history, says Professor Pryor, including evidence of Native Americans living along the banks of Big Creek from the Middle Archaic, around 3000 years ago, up to historic times.
The SilverTip Resort Village construction project has a long history that goes back to 1988, and is in the process of environmental impact review in its current incarnation by Pacificus Real Estate Group.
The Mariposa Museum and History Center is located at 5119 Jessie Street Mariposa, CA 95338