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SAN DIEGO — With over 6,500 recorded Native American and historic archaeological sites in San Diego, taking a look back at ancient civilizations is as easy as visiting a one of the many state parks in the region.
According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR), San Diego was home to various groups and tribes before later becoming the home of two Spanish Missions. From there, the region developed into homesteads and towns, leaving a trial of history behind.
For an up-close look at remnants of the past, here are five archaeological site areas right here in San Diego County that contain traces of the civilizations that came before us.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
This park contains over 4,400 recorded archaeological sites, according to CDPR. Some of these sites include villages, camps, hunting sites, food and material processing sites, rock art sites and sacred places. California officials say there are eight cultural preserves set aside to protect the cultural resources within this park.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Palomar Mountain State Park
California officials say this state park has 40 known archaeological sites. According to CDPR, this includes past villages, camps, grinding sites, apple orchards and home sites. A unique feature that can be found here is the Boucher Hill fire lookout station. History shows the first tower was built in 1921, then replaced in 1934 and again in 1948 before being fully refurbished in 2013.
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area
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