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Archeologists to discuss historic native life at Malakoff Diggins

Submitted by Daniel Ketcham

The second half of the 19th century was tumultuous on the West Coast. California’s native population collapsed as the numbers of newcomers from around the world chasing dreams of gold exploded. It was a time of little choice for the indigenous inhabitants. It’s also a time that’s difficult to study. Archival records are lacking, and often omitted Native Americans. Archaeological sites reflecting Native American life in the historic era are few and far between. However, one has been identified at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

At The Nevada County Historical Society’s next meeting, background and data from recent investigations at the site will be shared by local archeologists Mark Selverston and Chris Ward, who have been conducting research at Malakoff. The presentation is at 7 p.m. on June 20 at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City. Admission is free and open to the public. The event lasts one hour and is followed by free refreshments. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., except December. For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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