• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    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?

Rangers from California State Parks and the National Park Service discuss program ideas.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.