Research institute artifacts shed light on dam disaster

Vera Castaneda

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Dr. James Smead, director of the Anthropological Research Institute and archeology professor, reveals to Dr. Matthew Des Lauriers, fellow anthropology colleague, a fragment of equipment from the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster. Photo Credit: Andrea Alexanian

Dr. James Smead, director of the Anthropological Research Institute and archeology professor, reveals to Dr. Matthew Des Lauriers, fellow anthropology colleague, a fragment of equipment from the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster. Photo Credit: Andrea Alexanian / Production

CSUN’s Anthropoligcal Research Institute (ARI) holds many historical artifacts. One of the projects the ARI is working on is called the “Forgotten Casulaties Project” which surveys the area of the St. Francis Dam disaster. In the video archeology graduate student Ann Stansell explains the background of that incident and the artifacts found relating to it.