Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Obsidian, Chert, and Glass, Oh My! Change and Persistence in Chipped Stone Tool Traditions of the Northern Bay Area

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | July 20 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Peter Nelson

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

As a Coast Miwok person and an archaeologist, I have engaged with stone and tools that were chipped or knapped from stone or other brittle materials in many different capacities. In this talk, I will present an overview of the collection of contemporary pieces that I personally made for the Hearst Museum in 2017 and the inspirations for these pieces. I will also present on the ways in which...   More >

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ARF Organizational Meeting

Meeting: ARF Brownbag | August 30 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Archaeological Research Facility

The initial coordination meeting for ARF community

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Research Computing in Support of Archaeological Investigations at UC Berkeley

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicholas Tripcevich, University of California, Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility; Chris Hoffman, University of California, Berkeley Research IT; Aaron Culich, University of California, Berkeley Research IT

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk presents overview of changes in research support and several examples that demonstrate how research computing technologies are being applied to archaeological research on campus.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

AIA Lecture - Beads, trade, and the emergence of complexity in ancient Southeast Asia

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | September 12 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alison Carter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 AIA, San Francisco Society, Institute of East Asian Studies, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Around 500 BC people in South Asia (primarily India and Sri Lanka) began interacting with people in Southeast Asia. Some of the earliest indicators of this contact are stone and glass beads that were imported from South Asia and widely traded across Southeast Asia. These beads were important symbols of prestige and power. In this presentation I discuss my study of beads from 12 archaeological...   More >

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Landscapes of Heritage at the Blackfeet Boarding School, Montana

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 William A. White III, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

For centuries, the Blackfeet people of northern Montana crafted a cultural landscape that served as the backdrop against which life was lived. By the nineteenth century, Blackfeet ways and landscapes had changed but fragments of their past remained. The boarding school system of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was designed by the United States government as a formal program to...   More >

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Everybody Poops: Using Fecal Stanols to Track Cahokia Region Population Change and Evaluate Ideas on Cahokia’s Decline

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 AJ White, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Fecal stanols provide a proxy of population change by identifying variations in the amount of trace human waste products retained in sediment. We used fecal stanol data from Horseshoe Lake, Illinois, as a population proxy to evaluate the role of flooding, droughts, and environmental degradation in Cahokia’s demographic decline. We find that both Mississippi River flooding and warm season droughts...   More >

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Racializing Assemblages and History Making: Why the Black Regulars of Fort Davis’ Past is Told the Way it is…

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Laurie Wilkie, Department Chair and Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Racializing assemblages are those sets of practices and policies employed by governments, institutions, and society to enforce and naturalize racial inequalities. In the summer of 2017, using Stahl research funds, I was able to spend 10 days in the National Archives investigating documentary traces left by the black regulars of Fort Davis. The experience left me thinking broadly about the ways...   More >

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Towards a Sustainable Archaeology Praxis: Lesson from St. Croix, USVI

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | October 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Justin Dunnavant, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Archaeological Research Facility

The relationship between archaeologists and stakeholder communities has become a topic of introspection for researchers within the field. Throughout the years, communities have become increasingly involved in the various phases of research design, interpretation, and knowledge dissemination. Building upon these discussions, archaeologists and heritage professionals in St. Croix, USVI are...   More >

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Returning The Gift: A Case for Andean Reciprocity as a Foundation of Archaeological Research Design

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | October 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Kat Huggins, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation outlines first the benefits of Mauss’ proposition of total social phenomenon, but goes on to critique and reject the widespread use of Mauss’ model in the Andean region

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Biological Kinship Variation at Campovalano and Alfedena, Iron Age, Central Italy

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Evan Muzzall, University of California, Berkeley D-Lab

 Archaeological Research Facility

Biological distance analysis (“biodistance”) is a powerful tool in the bioarchaeologist’s toolkit. Although burial organization does not mirror social organization, it can help us better understand how past humans structured death and in part society via systematic patterns in burial location. This presentation discusses biodistance analyses of cranial and dental metric and dental morphological...   More >

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mortuary Culture and Ethnic Politics in Eleventh-Century Northeast Asia

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicolas Tackett, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of History

 Archaeological Research Facility

Due to an abundance of surviving textual sources, historians of
China's Song Dynasty (960-1279) have made relatively little use of the
archaeological record. In this talk, I will introduce a database I
have compiled of eleventh-century tombs excavated in a broad region
that spans the historical boundary between the Song state and its
northern neighbor, the Eurasian steppe-based Liao Empire....   More >

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Some Assembly Required: Using pXRF to Reconstruct the Production History of a Proto-Corinthian Helmet

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Jesse Obert, University of California, Berkeley Department of History

 Archaeological Research Facility

This paper will present new conclusions about the development of ancient Greek military equipment and a deeper understanding of ancient Mediterranean metalsmithing. In the summer of 2017, I studied a Proto-Corinthian helmet at the Hearst Museum, object 8-4597, with an X-Ray Florescence (pXRF) spectrometer. Although ancient historians and classical archaeologists often cite object 8-4597, very...   More >

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Overlapping Forms: Linking Material Culture and Environmental Knowledge

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | November 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Daniel Niles, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation examines different forms of environmental knowledge, the role of this knowledge in cultural persistence through time, and its consequent significance to the intellectual challenges of the Anthropocene. The paper describes the activity of a master charcoal-maker in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, who works in a landscape recognized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture...   More >

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Life and Labor in the Industrial Frontier: Archaeology of the Samuel Adams Limekilns, Santa Cruz, California

Lecture: ARF Brownbag: Other Cal Archaeology | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 David Hyde, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Beginning in the 1850s a lime extraction and processing industry took root in Santa Cruz County, California, supplying the American West Coast with a critical construction and manufacturing material. Over the subsequent 70 years, the industry shifted from being comprised of number of independently owned and operated operations to being monopolized by a single regional conglomerate. Throughout...   More >

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hail Paths and Springs: An Ontological Study of Indigenous Engagements in the Lake Titicaca Basin

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | November 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Christine Hastorf, Director, Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Jewell Soriano

 Archaeological Research Facility

This project is gathering ethnographic information of how contemporary dwellers talk about, engage with, and conceive of their landscape.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Reawakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | January 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Ed Carriere, Master Basketmaker, Suquamish Elder

 Dale Croes, Washington State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

Ed Carriere and Dale Croes have been working with the U of Washington Burke Museum to replicate 2,000 year old waterlogged archaeological basketry found in the early 1960s from along the Snoqualmie River near Seattle.

Croes and Carriere

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Palatine East Pottery Project: The Study and On-Line Publication of 20 Tons of Pottery from Downtown Rome

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 J. Theodore Peña, Professor, University of California, Berkeley Classics

 Archaeological Research Facility

During the period 1989-1996 the American Academy in Rome undertook the excavation of large mid- to late-imperials structure located at the foot of the northeast slope of the Palatine Hill in downtown Rome. The speaker is in charge of the study and publication of the ca. 20 metric tons of Roman-period pottery recovered in the course of this project. The assemblage, what spans most of the first...   More >

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

From Saliva to Saints: (m)oral Hygiene in the Middle Ages and the Case of Late Medieval Villamagna

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Trent Trombley, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Human dentition and the accompanying oral cavity is a dense source of biocultural information and has enjoyed a long history of anthropological fascination. Analyses have ranged from establishing biological affinity in archaeological communities via dental metric and non-metric traits, to larger evolutionary questions of morphology. However, dental tissues have seldom been analyzed for their...   More >

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Connecting Cultures at the Phoebe Hearst Museum: Building a 21st-Century Anthropology Museum

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Benjamin Porter, Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, University of California Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Phoebe Hearst Museum Director Benjamin Porter will discuss the Museum’s recent efforts to create a dynamic venue where people from around the world can connect in new and meaningful ways. The Museum is positioning itself to be a place where visitors encounter pressing questions and challenges that can be explored through the lenses of contemporary anthropology. Recent accomplishments will be...   More >

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Evidences (both Archaeological and Textual) for Long-Distance Trade Networks and Weighted Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Near Eastern Bronze Age (1950-1750 BCE)

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Adam Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley Digital Humanities

 Archaeological Research Facility

Archaeology in the Middle East or Near East has a long and illustrious history, with more than 150 years of scholarship. From the 1840s onward western archaeologists like Sir Austen Henry Layard made early discoveries of textual artifacts in the heart of Mesopotamia, and awoke a deep curiosity in deciphering the beginnings of human history. Unfortunately, these discoveries inadvertently...   More >

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Shellfish and Seaweed at Sand Hill Bluff: A Deeper Look at Shell-Matrix Sites of California's Central Coast

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mike Grone, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Along the Central Coast of California, changes in shoreline management practices and their subsequent effects on fisheries can be examined in the context of long-term human occupation, climatic and environmental variability, and the development of Indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and American relationships with the environment. While extensive archaeological investigation regarding indigenous...   More >

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pre-Industrial Iron-Working in Central India: a New Perspective

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Tathagata Neogi, Ph.D., Founder, Heritage Walk Calcutta

 Archaeological Research Facility, Institute for South Asia Studies

The research revealed a complex set of decisions involved in the organization and spread of metal production in the landscape that provided an explanation for the location of archaeological sites.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

After the Looting

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Near Eastern Studies

 Archaeological Research Facility

In 2011 and 2012 the archaeological site of El-Hibeh in Middle Egypt was badly looted in the aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Every part of the ancient tell, once a first millennium BCE provincial city, was violated--from above, from below, and from the side. In our 2017 field season we began the process of assessing the damage and figuring out how to proceed in future.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Question of Design: Gender in Hawaiian Kauhale

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Kirsten Vacca

 Archaeological Research Facility

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Urban Life and Foodways at Huari, Ayacucho, Peru (AD 600-1000): A Spatial Macrobotanical Analysis

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Geoffrey Taylor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Huari is the proposed capital of the Wari cultural group whose architectural, ceramic, and iconographic traditions spread to distant parts of the Peruvian highlands during the Middle Horizon (AD 600-1000). With this presentation, I will introduce Wari studies and re-appraise the current state of archaeological evidence on the activities of Wari people. I will then investigate the botanical...   More >