Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Water-ropes and Lotus-dragons: Netsuke in the Hearst Museum Collections

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | June 15 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Christopher Lowman, UC Berkeley, Department of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Netsuke, Japanese carvings used as fasteners for personal accessories, have enchanted artists, owners, collectors, and viewers for centuries. Beautiful and comical, surreal or mythological, they are practical objects transformed into symbols and stories, and representative of the people who have made and possessed them. Come explore some of those stories through examples from the collection now...   More >


 Registration recommend. Event free with museum admission. Register online

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 >

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mandolin Showcase: A Night of Music at the Hearst Museum

Performing Arts - Music: Other Cal Archaeology | August 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

After an introductory history of the mandolin, “mad mandolinist" Patrick Fahey will exhibit the differing rich timbers of exquisite vintage mandolins from his collection. Patrick will then perform works in progress from his upcoming classical CD, and will be joined by Polish-born violinist Ela Pollack and bassist Alex Baum. Ela Pollack will play some selected pieces by Ysaye and Bach; Patrick...   More >

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Miniature Worlds: Model Dioramas in American Anthropology

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | August 31 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Ira Jacknis

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The two decades around 1900 were a critical time for the development of museum anthropology in America. Along with burgeoning collections came innovative modes of public display such as the life-group dioramas of costumed mannequins and the miniature dioramas of ethnographic villages and archaeological sites. During this period both genres made the transition from international expositions to...   More >

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Opening reception for two new exhibitions: "The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco" and "Sketching 'Fiddler': Set Designs by Mentor Huebner"

Reception: Other Cal Archaeology | September 5 | 5-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibition
"The Invisible Museum: History & Memory of Morocco" and "Sketching "Fiddler": Set Designs by Mentor Huebner".

George Breslauer, Faculty Director, The Magnes

Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, The Magnes
Emily Gottreich, Chair, Center...   More >


  RSVP online by September 1.

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.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Turning big corpora into big data – Digital Humanities at scale

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 200C Warren Hall

 Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities

 Social Sciences Data Lab

Adam Anderson, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley, has spent his career scanning texts in order to draw upon secondary literature in archaeology and computational linguistics. He'll describe the OCR project he is working on (described in this article), as well as how he intends to utilize the generated data: "My plan is to use a combination of analytical tools,...   More >

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

On the Move: Archaeologies of Human Mobility and Migration

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | September 13 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

This one-day public symposium brings archaeologists from Munich and Berkeley together to explore new horizons in mobility and migration practices in past societies. Abstracts can be read at this link. The Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich-UC Berkeley Research in the Humanities Program are co-sponsors of this event.

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 >

Thursday, September 14, 2017

GeoLunch: Drones and Multi-ray Photogrammetry

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | September 14 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Angad Singh, Pix4D

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Geospatial Innovation Facility

The GIF and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) host a weekly Geolunch seminar series offering interesting talks, group discussion, and show-and-tells all involving geospatial theory, research, and application. Geolunch is open to everyone.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

FAMILY PROGRAM: California Natives: Plants and People

Miscellaneous: Other Cal Archaeology | September 16 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Bring the whole family on a guided walk with the Botanical Garden's Education Director through the California collection on our "Indian Trail." At each plant stop, we'll examine (and sometimes try!) replicas of Indian artifacts as we discover the plant knowledge, customs, and skills of California’s earliest peoples. we'll make a cattail cordage bracelet to take home.

 $15 Adult, $12 Child, $10 Member Adult, $8 Member Child (must have Family Membership level or above)

  Register online or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu