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Michael Dice

Michael Dice Michael Dice graduated with a master's degree in Bio-archaeology in Arizona State University in 1993. A Registered Professional Archeologist, he has 27 years’ experience on the field and 12 years serving as a Cultural Resource Management consultant in the State of California.

He brings his extensive field experience with prehistory, historical archaeology and architectural history into each document that he writes.

A man of few words yet highly respected among his peers, Michael has written and co-written over 400 research documents on archaeology and architectural history in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Michael is extremely interested in unique Southern California historical events of the 20th Century, and screenplays.

Recent Posts

Aerial Photographs: A Tool Of Historic Research

Posted by Michael Dice on Oct 3, 2013 9:25:00 AM


In 1999, I began using historic aerial photographs to document historic-era cultural changes in my technical reports. At the time, online sources for such images were difficult to obtain. Therefore, I had to personally visit Whittier College (where the Fairchild aerial photo collection was kept), and the archives at San Bernardino County Flood Control every month or so. A researcher could go in, check index records, look at contact prints, order copies, and have them delivered in a few weeks. Southern California flood control districts have made use of aerial photographs for years: many of the earliest photos by pilots were taken at their request. The United States Agricultural Department and US Geological Survey were equally interested in the early aviators’ works. Fairchild and other pioneers made a good living out of these contracts. Many of these original photo collections date back to the mid-1920’s

Archaeological Surveys: The Mystery Behind Bedrock Mortars

Posted by Michael Dice on Jul 16, 2013 7:54:00 AM


Several months ago I released a blog covering the findings of FirstCarbon Solutions' (FCS) archaeological staff during a survey of over 1,000 acres in the Poso Creek area northeast of Bakersfield, California. One of the things that impressed me the most about the area was the discovery of many prehistoric sites exhibiting numerous ground bedrock holes and dish-shaped depressions.The bedrock mortar, also known as a BRM, is one of the more common features found at prehistoric sites in California.

Kern County Archaeological Sites Mitigation Planning: A Case Study

Posted by Michael Dice on Feb 7, 2013 7:30:00 AM


In 2005 and 2006, FCS cultural resources management staff had the privilege of performing substantive archaeological investigations and analyses for a proposed off-road vehicle park northeast of Bakersfield, California. Although the project ultimately ended due to certain unavoidable impacts to
sensitive plants and water resources, our work on the project demonstrated how basic research and the consideration of avoidance alternatives could be used to avoid sensitive cultural resources within a large project area.

The Personal Value of Historic and Cultural Resources Management

Posted by Michael Dice on Jan 2, 2013 1:25:00 PM


In preparation for this article, I checked out the Internet - Googling the phrases “meaning of American history," “guidelines to historical interpretation," “hometown histories” and so on.  But I didn’t get too far because there were so many different angles one could consider, and the searches are too numerous to mention. The places we all live have unique stories to tell, and as time marches on, many of these stories can be lost if there is no effort to preserve them.

Why History Matters for Environmental Planning and Environmental Impacts

Posted by Michael Dice on Sep 13, 2012 8:50:00 AM