L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

UCLA archaeology institute honored for work on Santa Monica Canyon cemetery

December 17, 2009 |  2:35 pm

UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and a research associate have won the Governor's Historic Preservation Award for high-tech mapping efforts at the Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon.

Using ground-penetrating radar, the Cotsen team early this year identified 15 possible grave sites, as well as a possible mass burial pit. The results are being used by descendants of Francisco Marquez, the Mexican co-holder of the Rancho Boca de Santa Monica land grant, to develop a restoration plan for the site.

Marquez is thought to have established a burial ground in the canyon in the 1840s. The cemetery contains the remains of his youngest son, Pascual, and perhaps 30 other family members, American Indian servants and friends, including a number of guests who died of botulism after eating home-canned peaches at a New Year's Eve gathering in 1909. 

In 2000, the city of Los Angeles named the cemetery a historic-cultural monument and declared it an "extremely historic" landmark for representing the region's early ranch families.

The award will be presented to the Cotsen Institute and research associate Dean Goodman on Jan. 20 in Sacramento.

-- Martha Groves

More breaking news in L.A. Now:

Highland Avenue, Interstate 5 cited as among L.A. area's most deteriorated road

Deputy arrived at San Clemente home just before mass killing, heard shots

Judge rules furloughs invalid for prison guards

After officer's death, bar at L.A. Police Academy to be closed on 'payday Wednesdays'

California's quake alerts get major upgrade

AIDS group makes new push for condom use during porn filming

LAPD seeks motive for shooting outside hospital

Appeals court to vote on new hearing in Proposition 8 challenge

Schwarzenegger approval rating hits new low

Comments 

Advertisement










Video