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                                          SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

                                                       STEPHEN BRYNE
                                                      ICF, LOS ANGELES

                                                       DEVLIN GANDY

                                                     DAVID W. ROBINSON
                                             UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE

                                                      JOHN R. JOHNSON
                                        SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

               In February 2015, a cache cave was discovered in the remote backcountry of Santa Barbara County. An
               investigation of the cache was carried out by the authors. Three baskets, a cave stick, and cordage were
               identified from the cache, which was mapped using 3D scanning and photogrammetry. A decorated storage
               basket appears to be the largest known from the Chumash area. The implications of this cache, and its
               relationship to other nearby caches and rock art sites, are discussed.

                       Cache caves are a poorly understood archaeological phenomena. This is largely due to a long
               tradition since the latter half of the nineteenth century of pot-hunting, and looting, or simply collecting by
               non-professionals of the contents of caches found in the areas such as the Santa Barbara backcountry.
               Dozens, if not hundreds, of such sites have had their contents removed with little or even no documentation
               of the arrangement of the artifacts. Equally, many of the finds have long since disappeared so that we will
               never know the extent of prehistoric caching. However, recent years have seen something of a renaissance
               in the study of Chumash cache caves. This includes the acquisition of artifacts by museums from
               responsible collectors, new techniques of documentation, and, as discussed in this paper, new discoveries.
                       In February 2015, the primary author, Stephen Bryne, discovered a cache cave in the backcountry
               of Santa Barbara County. This cache has subsequently become known as the Bryne Cache. The cache
               included three baskets placed upon a stacked-rock platform, and a large “cave stick”  propped against the
               cave’s apron—jutting towards the cache. The largest basket of the cache measured some 73 cm in diameter,
               and represents the largest Chumash basket presently known. A state site form was completed (Bryne and
               Degner 2015) and this site received a trinomial (CA-SBA-4075) from the Central Coast Information Center.
                       In October 2015, a team was assembled to record and recover the cache in partnership with the Los
               Padres National Forest Service and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The team members included:
               John Johnson and Katherine Bradford of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, David Robinson
               of the University of Central Lancashire, Carol Bury and Rick Bury of the American Rock Art Research
               Association, Stephen Bryne  of ICF, Joel Degner of Leidos, Inc., and Devlin Gandy and Joshua Roth, of
               Los Padres National Forest, Partners in Preservation. The team spent two days (October 25-26, 2015)
               recording and recovering the assemblage, which is presently curated at the Santa Barbara Museum of
               Natural History under a curation agreement with the Los Padres National Forest (I.P. B6326.1).

                                                      CACHE CAVES
                       Traditionally, it is extremely rare to find organic perishable objects associated with archaeological
               sites. While the coastal and island sites of the Chumash have provided many artifacts of stone, bone, and

               SCA Proceedings, Volume 30 (2016)                            Bryne, Gandy, Robinson, and Johnson p. 213
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