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Learn about how the ancients valued olive oil

The San Diego Archaeological Center announces Ancient Indulgences: Olive Oil, the second of a series of events about the history of life’s little pleasures on Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the San Diego Archaeological Center located at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido.

The domestication of olives in the Mediterranean region occurred approximately 8,000 years ago. The oil from the olive was one of several characteristics that made the fruit attractive enough to result in its domestication. Yet, it was the deliberate pressing of oil out of olives that was revolutionary and led to significant cultural and socio-economic changes throughout the region. Olive oil became an important source of fuel but also had uses in healing, cooking, and was an essential component in ritual practice. Many of these uses are still around today making olive oil one of the most important staples of the modern household.

Adolfo Muniz, PhD will present a lecture on the archaeological evidence of olive oil domestication. After the lecture, mingle with others while enjoying red and white Southern California wines provided by Halter Ranch Vineyard and olive oil and delicious breads from Whole Foods Encinitas. You can also enter a silent auction for a chance to win amazing olive oils and tickets to the San Diego Museum of Man and San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido.

Admission: 21 and over $20 for members $25 for non-members.

Space is limited and you must register in advance. Spots are filling up.

You may purchase tickets online at To register for the event or for more infor- mation, please contact Cara Ratner at or by telephone: (760) 291-0370.

Adolfo Muniz, PhD is the Collections Manager at the San Diego Archaeological Center and a professor of archaeology and anthropology at California State University San Marcos. A PhD from UC San Diego, Muniz has had a career as a field archaeologist working in California, the American Southwest, Southern Jordan, India, and the Ecuadorian Highlands. Muniz’s interests include Medical Anthropology, zooarchaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, Southwestern and California archaeology, ethnoarchaeology in India and the application of digital methods in archaeology. He has served as a field archaeologist, lab coordinator, and zooarchaeologist with the Jabal Hamrat Fidan and the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project in Jordan. Closer to home, he has participated in projects including the San Elijo Lagoon Archaeology Project and several Cultural Resource Management firms. Muniz served as the guest curator for the San Diego Museum of Man’s exhibition ‘Journey to the Copper Age’ (2007) carried out in association with Dr. Thomas E. Levy and the National Geographic Society. He has co-authored and presented papers on these topics. His current research focuses on the Archaeology of Healing.

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