• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Archaeology Collections

A park ranger showcases one of the many items from the park's archaeology collection.

These collections are generated in response to cultural resource management requirements related to legal mandates, development of park facilities, preservation-related activities, research requirements, and interpretive needs.

The collections include artifacts and other materials obtained using archaeological methods. There are nearly 14,000 items in this collection.

For general information about our collections, see Museum Scope of Collection Statement, 2009.

Did You Know?

Watch the credits a the end of a film and you may discover how often national parks are used by the movie industry.

Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).