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The Prehistory of the Monterey Peninsula

At our May meeting, we’ll be digging way back in time, and be informed of the fascinating discoveries made of the original peoples who inhabited the Central Coastal Region, with the presentation of The Prehistory of the Monterey Peninsula Area, by Gary S. Breschini and Trudy Haversat.

Breschini’s life work is the study of the earliest settlers and the remnants of their cultures. With fellow scholar-adventurer Trudy Haversat, Breschini regularly explores the rugged terrain of the county's backcountry, documenting known sites and sometimes discovering new ones. 

The mountainous interior of Monterey county has a number of important Indian rock paintings, or pictographs. In over one hundred sites, scattered in mostly remote regions, the mystery of Native American rock art is alive where these earliest Central California settlers recorded hands, bear paws, turtles, rain clouds and other signs in places considered worship or ritual sites.

New DNA evidence now suggests that the indigenous North American people, who started their inland migration around 30,000 years ago, are closely related to those found in eastern Russia and Australia.

The prehistory of the Monterey Bay area was largely unknown 40 years ago, when they started their research here, but Gary and Trudy have since learned that this Peninsula was occupied at least 9,500 years ago—and perhaps as much as 15,000 years ago.  The early coastal migration, via the "kelp highway," reached southern Chile by about 14,800 years ago, so it is possible that Monterey or Carmel bays were used or occupied at least that early as well.

Gary S. Breschini received his MA and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University with specialties in Central California prehistory and archaeology. Trudy Haversat has her BA and MA degrees, also from Washington State University.

The refresher will be given by Pat Sinclair who will update the procedures to follow and the extent docents should extend themselves to enforce the restrictions that apply to visitors to the Reserve, without curtailing their enjoyment.


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Mission Statements

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 
To advance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to protect its natural environment for future generations and to strengthen the Monterey County network of coastal California State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Sun, 05/01/2016 - 11:00am
    Information Station
    Beverly Williams
  • Sun, 05/01/2016 - 1:00pm
    Information Station
    Lyle Brumfield
  • Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Robert Andonian


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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors.  Interested?  For training schedule contact:  Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator  (831) 625-1470