Archaeology Internship

Archaeology Internship Weekly Report

In Spring Quarter 2013, the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District raised funds to support an archaeological dig in the Historic District. The Dig served as an internship for eight UCSC students and was a great experience for all involved. Building on this success, the Friends have launched a crowd funding campaign to raise $3,000 to provide tools, oversight and instruction for the 2014 Dig, which will begin in April. For more information or to support the project, please visit

Discover the History

Play buttonYouTube video thumbnailCowell Lime Works Historic District

A history and tour of the Historic District at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lime was manufactured here in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The District includes four lime kilns, the cooperage (where barrels were made), the hay barn, cookhouse, limeworker cabins, Cardiff house, and many other historic structures. Continue...


Upcoming  Events

Crystals, Caves and Kilns Exhibit

Opening at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum on April 26 and running through November.

12547 State Route 9, Boulder Creek

Exhibit co-sponsored by the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District, San Lorenzo Valley Museum and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District Click here to view a short video

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The Cowell Lime Works Historic District needs your help with monetary donations and donations in kind to help restore the historic structures, or volunteer services to assist in reconstruction and interpretation of district history.

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