ROZAIRE, Charles

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Charles Rozaire
Charles Rozaire (far right) and his archaeology team on San Miguel Island, mid-1960s

ROZAIRE, Charles E. (1927-2016), Curator of Archaeology at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History who conducted field work on San Nicolas Island from 1953 to 1961, on Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands in 1964, and on San Miguel Island from 1965. Prior to his tenure with the Natural History Museum where he was hired in 1965, Rozaire worked at the Southwest Museum. During the 1960s and 1970s, Rozaire worked on San Miguel primarily surveying and testing sites. Rozaire located Daisy Cave (SMI-261) which he partially excavated with the help of his assistant, George Kritzman.

Rozaire received his PhD at U.C.L.A in 1957:

  • Twined Weaving and Western North American Prehistory. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles.


Rozaire never married.

In 2016 the Society for California Archaeology announced:

“A bit over a year ago, Dr. Charles E. Rozaire contacted the SCA, seeking to establish a fund to provide support to SCA Student Members in conducting archaeological research in California. Not long thereafter, a hefty check to support the fund arrived at the Business Office, and the “Charles E. Rozaire Award for Student Research in California Archaeology” was initiated. As a founding member of our organization 50 years ago, Charles was particularly interested in museums and their collections, and represented museums in the initial years of SCA. In the 1940s he became an active volunteer at the Southwest Museum, and decided to pursue his Ph.D. which he received from UCLA in 1957. Through his work on California’s Channel Islands, Dr. Rozaire made lasting contributions to California maritime archaeology. Employment took him to the Nevada State Museum (1958-1963) and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (1963-1990) where he served as Curator of Archaeology. More detailed information will follow in California Archaeology.
Dr. Rozaire attended the 2016 Annual Meeting in Ontario where his generous donation and the new student award in his name were announced. He enjoyed himself immensely and talked with many members, relating his wealth of knowledge about California archaeology and his experiences in the field. We are saddened to learn that Dr. Rozaire passed away within a day of attending the meetings.”


»Charles Rozaire Memorial in California Archaeology, 2016, pp. 1–5. Pdficon small 2.gif


» Rozaire, Charles Excavations at Site AnI-8, Le Dreau Cove, Anacapa Island p. 91-93 in McKusick, M. B. Introduction to Anacapa Island Archaeology in Archaeological Survey Annual Report 1958-1959. Department of Anthropology & Sociology, University of California Los Angeles 24, California, 1959


» Rozaire, Charles Analysis of Woven Materials from San Clemente Island p. 157-164 in McKusick, M. B. Introduction to Anacapa Island Archaeology Annual Report, Archaeological Survey, Department of Anthropology-Sociology, University of California Los Angeles, 1959


» Rozaire, Charles Archaeological Investigations at Two Sites on San Nicolas Island, California in The Masterkey 33(4):129–152, 1959 Pdficon small 2.gif


» Rozaire, Charles San Nicolas Island Revisited in Archaeological Research Associates Bulletin 5 (Jan-March), Page 4, 1960 Pdficon small 2.gif


» Rozaire, Charles Archaeological Work on San Miguel Island in Archaeological Survey Association of Southern California Newsletter, 14: 2 & 5, 1967


» Rozaire, Charles Archaeological Considerations Regarding the Southern California Islands. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum, 1967 in Proceedings of the Symposium on the Biology of the California Channel Islands, Ralph Philbrick editor, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1967, (327-336) Pdficon small 2.gif


»Rozaire, Charles APPENDIX. The Southwest Museum's Field Work on San Nicolas Island by Charles E. Rozaire in Bryan, Bruce. Archaeological Explorations on San Nicolas Island. Southwest Museum Papers Number 22, 1970 Pdficon small 2.gif


» Rozaire, Charles Mortar and Pestle Manufacturing on San Miguel Island in Masterkey 57: 4 (131-143) 1983


» Erlandson, Jon, Michael A. Glassow, Charles Rozaire, and Don Morris 4,000 Years of Human Occupation on Santa Barbara Island, California in Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 14:85, 1992