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CalDay at ARF: Dig into CalDay at the Archaeological Research Facility

Special Event: ARF Special & Workshops | April 21 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)


Various Speakers, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

Archaeological Research Facility


Klamath Basin Rock Art
10:00-11:00 am
Robert David
Learn about the history of archaeologists who have conducted rock-art research in the Klamath basin, and how their interpretations have shifted over time--ranging from the fantastic to the absurd. Particularly, how present indigenous scholars from the Klamath tribes study rock art from their own unique perspective, revealing their indigenous understanding of the paintings and glyphs created by their ancestors.

Paleoethnobotany: Ancient Plants and the People Who Used Them (for kids)
10:00-11:30 am
Jennifer Salinas
Find out what archaeologists investigating ancient plant remains learn about an ancient civilization's day-to-day activities, diet, and cuisine--then try to identify and draw ancient seeds!

Dig Like an Archaeologist (for kids)
10:00 am-12:00 pm (again at 1-3pm)
Learn how archaeologists record their findings in the field with a mock dig site in the Archaeological Research Facility--and about this interesting building, the location of the first fraternity house west of the Mississippi.

Rock-Art Painting (for kids)
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Try your brush and hand, literally, at making paints, and help paint a rock-art mural!

Think Like an Archaeologist (for kids)
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Come see presentations illustrating how we use various archaeological methods to learn about the world around us, and how archaeology can change the way we think about our campus, our history, and our world.

Stratigraphy and Archaeology
10:00 am-11:00 am
Presented on the front porch of the ARF.

Bone Narratives From New Philadelphia, Illinois
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Amanda Burtt
Archaeologists learn fascinating things about diet, animal husbandry, and culinary practices from archaeological materials found on digs. This talk explores what a small animal-bone assemblage excavated from the New Philadelphia site in Illinois tells us about life in this 19th-century village.

Treasure hunters vs. Archaeologists
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Presented on the front porch of the ARF.

Rock-Art Recording (for kids)
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Robert David
Learn how archaeologists record rock-art paintings in the field. Make your own illustration of multi-colored, painted rock-art designs using a technique known as "stippling"--and take it home to put on your fridge!

Archaeology of House and Home
12:00-1:00 pm
Anna Harkey
Hear a talk about vernacular domestic architecture. Learn how, and why, people throughout the world build their homes the way they do.

Bones and Their Stories (for kids)
12:00-3:00 pm
Learn about animal and human anatomy with this interactive display on how archaeologists use bones to determine diet, culinary practices, and human health of past societies.

Coast Miwok Dig Kits
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Presented on the front porch of the ARF.

Archaeology Resources for Teachers
1:00-2:00 pm
The Archaeological Research Facility has many resources for Bay Area teachers, from curricula supplies to archaeological dig activities. Learn how you can bring hands-on archaeology activities to your classrooms.

Paleoethnobotany: Ancient Plants and the People Who Used Them (for kids)
1:00-2:30 pm (also occurs earlier at 10-11:30 am)
Jennifer Salinas
Find out what archaeologists investigating ancient plant remains learn about an ancient civilization's day-to-day activities, diet, and cuisine--then try to identify and draw ancient seeds!

Dig Like an Archaeologist (for kids)
1:00-3:00 pm (also occurs earlier at 10-12)
Learn how archaeologists record their findings in the field with a mock dig site in the Archaeological Research Facility--and about this interesting building, the location of the first fraternity house west of the Mississippi.

Recasting the Wild West
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Presented on the front porch of the ARF.

How Archaeologists think about Bones
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Presented on the front porch of the ARF.

What's in Your Pockets? Artifacts and Identity
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Presented on the front porch of the ARF.


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