Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute (ABFI) has
constructed a "straw bale building" that is the
home of the Begole Archaeological
Research Center, named for
Bob Begole. (more
info on Bob)
The Begole Center is located at the entrance to the Colorado Desert District headquarters, just a short distance from the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center in Borrego Springs, California.
It houses the extensive collections of artifacts from Cuyamaca Rancho and Anza-Borrego Desert State Parks as well as Palomar Mountain State Park and the Picacho State Recreation Area. It provides sorely needed storage space, office space, and laboratory work space for park archaeologists, visiting scientists and park volunteers.
of the Begole Center was a joint project between the
Anza-Borrego Institute, the education and research
arm of the Anza-Borrego Foundation, and the Colorado
Desert Archaeology Society (CDAS). The facility was
gifted to California State Parks in a recent
see:ROBERT S. BEGOLE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM
Source: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24175 See also: www.simpleconstruct.net/?begole-archeological-research-center,13 www.sandiegostrawbale.com/?begole-archeological-research-center,13 http://scahome.org/about_ca_archaeology/san_diego.html www.co.san-diego.ca.us/dplu/docs/080912/TPM21017-ALTR.pdf 2007 Fourth Annual Archeolog Weekend Letter in support of protecting Ana-Borrego Desert State Park
by Joan Schneider, as part of the
presentation to Bob Begole with the
State Parks Volunteer Service Medallion
His archaeological interests led him back to college to take courses in anthropology and archaeology at California State University, Fullerton; he published articles in the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly; he was accepted as a member of the Society of Professional Archaeologists -- all this as a volunteer for ABDSP.
Bob's love of archaeology has led him into the deep recesses of our desert and to the far corners of the earth in his desire to learn and understand human prehistory and history. He continues to guide staff archaeologists to sites that need attention.
And now he has surpassed even himself by making the long-held dream become a reality -- a permanent home for the Colorado Desert District archaeological collections. The Begole Archeological Research Center (BARC) provides a state-of-the-art curation facility for our collections and archives, both indoor and outdoor laboratory work space, and office areas for staff, volunteer archaeologists, and visiting researchers.
Even beyond this, Bob has created an endowment for encouraging archaeological research within the Colorado Desert District, the Begole Archaeological Research Grant program (BARG). The goal of the grant program is to financially aid student and professional research archaeologists so they will be able to expand their research and, in turn, expand and enrich our own understanding of our cultural resources within the CDD parks. The first grant round is currently underway with BARG announcements and applications already in the hands of the archaeological community.
Bob has made not only our dream, but his own dream, come true by both his exceptional and truly unique contributions to California State Parks - first, pioneering archaeological work, then preservation and protection of the results of that work, and finally, both figurative and literal foundations on which to build a cultural resources management program, par excellence.