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Calico Early Man Site

Calico Early Man Site Review

The earliest-known Americans fashioned the artifacts buried in the walls and floors of the pits here. Nearly 12,000 stone tools—used for scraping, cutting, and gouging—have been excavated here. The apparent age of some of these items (said to be as much as 200,000 years old) contradicts the dominant archaeological theory that humans populated North America only 13,000 years ago. Noted archaeologist Louis Leakey was so impressed with the Calico site that he became its director in 1963 and served in that capacity until his death in 1972. His old camp is now a visitor center and museum. The only way into the site is by guided tour (call ahead, as scheduled tours sometimes don't take place).

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  • Address: Off I–15, Minneola Rd. exit, 15 miles northeast of Barstow, Barstow, CA 92398 | Map It
  • Phone: 760/254–2248
  • Cost: $5
  • Hours: Visitor center Wed. 12:30–4:30, Thurs.–Sun. 9–4:30; tours Wed. 1:30 and 3:30, Thurs.–Sun. 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30
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  • Location: Barstow
Updated: 02-05-2013

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