Monthly meetings are held on the second      
Friday of the month at The Portola Community
Center,  45-480 Portola Ave.    Palm Desert.

  • Meeting starts at 6:30 PM
  •  Program follows short meeting
  • No meetings during June, July, August
      and September -
  •  For more information e-mail CVAS    
President, Britt Wilson at  
Coachella Valley Archaeological Society (CVAS)

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, CVAS will not be conducting in-person
membership meetings UNTIL FURTHER  NOTICE; however, we will
offer our speaker presentations via Zoom on our regularly scheduled
meeting dates (2nd Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m.)   Contact us at for Zoom information.
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"The Classic Maya Site of El Palmar:  Field Season 2019 and the
advancements in Archaeological Documentation Methods."
   During the 2019 summer field season, Alexandra Jonassen and Estevan Ramirez both had the
opportunity to conduct student research under the mentorship of UCR Anthropology professor and project
director Dr.Kenichiro Tsukamoto at the Classic Maya archaeological site of El Palmar located in Campeche,
Mexico.  Their shared time involved great learning experiences and a chance to build upon their interests in
archaeology.  Since returning from the field, both have applied their acquired skill sets
and analysis to create poster presentations for the Annual Society for American Archaeology meeting,
highlighting new and efficient archaeological documentation methods.


 Alexandra Jonassen is a long-time resident of Lancaster, California, and an avid Mojave Desert visitor.  A
recent University of California, Riverside graduate with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and
Anthropology, Alexandra plans to further her academic journey by applying for Master of Arts programs in
Anthropology with a research focus in Lithics and the Mojave Desert.  Her interest in archaeology first
developed from the classes she first enrolled at Antelope Valley College.  Alexandra continues to expand
her research methods and computing applications skills by registering in a yearlong Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) certification program through Antelope Valley College.  She currently works
within the CRM field.  

Estevan Ramirez is a recent University of California, Riverside graduate with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Anthropology.  He is currently applying to Master of Arts programs in Applied
Archaeology and Anthropology with a desire to conduct research utilizing computer applications
associated with Digital Archaeology.  His interest in anthropology first developed from the first
anthropology classes he enrolled in at Moreno Valley College.  Estevan is on the path to obtain two
occupational skills certificates for Archaeological Field Work and Geotech Skills (GIS) from
Pasadena City College.  CVAS was proud to present him with the Lowell J. Bean Scholarship award in 2019.