Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AHMA Noon Colloquium - "Cancel the Debts! Redistribute the Land!" The History and Significance of Agitation for Socio-Economic Change in the Ancient Greek World

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 20 | 12 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Emily Mackil, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Noon Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented at noon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall.

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 >

Egyptological Afternoon: Papers in Egyptian Studies

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Alexander Schütze, Munich University; Mélanie Flossmann-Schȕtze, Munich University; Andrzej Niwinski, Warsaw University

 Near Eastern Studies

1) Statues, Stelae and Private Legal Documents: The Agency of Things in the Petition of Peteese (P. Rylands 9)
2) The Ptolemaic settlement of the Ibiotapheion at Tuna el-Gebel. Current research of the Joint Mission of Cairo and Munich Universities
3) The development of the iconographic repertoire of the 21st Dynasty coffins as new criterion for dating

Egyptological Afternoon

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Alexander Schütze, University of Munich; Melanie Flossmann-Schȕtze, University of Munich; Andrzej Niwinski, University of Warsaw

 Near Eastern Studies

5:00 Alexander Schütze (Munich University) Statues, Stelae and Private Legal Documents: The Agency of Things in the Petition of Peteese (P. Rylands 9)

P. Rylands 9 contains the lengthy petition of a scribe of the temple of Amun at el-Hibe dating to the early reign of Dareios I. The papyrus is considered as an important source for the history, administration and society of Late Period Egypt. In...   More >

Materializing Temporalities: Coloquio Internacional

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | September 20 | 5-7 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa M. Johnson, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology; Rosemary A. Joyce, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Roundtable event featuring two talks:
"From One Moment to the Next: Multiple Temporalities at Chak Sutz' House (Group IV, Palenque)"

"Structured Deposition and Ritual Practice: A Case Study from the Ulua Valley, Honduras"

Respondent: Francisca Zalaquett Rock (Centro de Estudios Mayas, UNAM)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

GeoLunch: Using Collector to Create an Asset Database

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | September 21 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Charlotte Smith, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley

 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.

Subscribe to our email list to receive announcements about our workshops, geolunch presentations, and other events and topics of interest to the...   More >

History Graduate Association Annual Lecture with Sven Beckert | Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Capitalism

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. Beckert’s research and teaching center on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. He recently published "Empire of Cotton: A Global History," the first global history of the...   More >

The Materialization of Time and Space in Teotihuacan: Rites of Reconstitution of the Universe in the Pyramid of the Moon

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 21 | 5:30 p.m. |  International House

 Leonardo Lopez Lujan, Proyecto Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e HIstoria, Mexico

 Archaeological Research Facility, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | October 2 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, The Program for the Study of Italy, IES

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural...   More >

St. Nikolai textile

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 >

Violent Passions: Polygamy and Power in Early America

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Sarah Pearsall, University Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World, University of Cambridge

 Department of History

Sarah Pearsall is University Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World at Cambridge University. Her scholarship probes the intersections of gender, households, and sexuality with the development, maintenance, and end of colonies in a North Atlantic world. Her articles have appeared in Gender & History, the William & Mary Quarterly, the American Historical Review, and...   More >

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I Dig Benicia!: An Official California Archaeology Month Event

Special Event: ARF Special & Workshops: Other Cal Archaeology | October 14 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns

 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, CA 94510

 Archaeological Research Facility, Benicia Historical Museum, Benicia Historical Society

Learn about archaeology and Benicia's rich history as you try your hand at excavating artifacts, making Native American art, reconstructing old pots, Mexican corn grinding, making clay pots, and more! You will dig it!

Archaeology students and affiliates of the ARF are welcome to volunteer for this event!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Destroying a Museum Archive: Sex, Racism, Image, and Contemporary Archeology

Colloquium: Other Cal Archaeology | October 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Doug Bailey, San Francisco State University, Department of Anthropology

 Department of Anthropology

What happens when people attempt to
discard and destroy a museum archive
that contains many thousands of visual
and material objects? In this workshop,
we discuss the politics, potential,
and violence of archive objects
specifically a cache of over 1200, 35-
mm transparencies from the mid-late
20th century. What lives do they live?
Are they passive and neutral objects
resting peacefully...   More >

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 >

Honoring Goddesses in a Family of Ancient Egyptian Tomb Workers: the case for Anuket and Hathor

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Deanna Kiser-Go, Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

The Foreman Neferhotep and his immediate descendants held positions of influence in the Deir el-Medina workman’s community during the 19th Dynasty (c. 1307-1196 BCE). During their careers they oversaw the process of cutting and decorating the nearby royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but when it came time to design their own tombs their personal choices are apparent. This paper addresses how...   More >

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Close Up: Exploring Workshop Practices in Roman-Egyptian Portraits

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | October 19 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Jane Williams, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Roman period mummy portraits are considered to be ancient antecedents of modern portraiture. However, the techniques and materials used in their manufacture are not thoroughly understood. The Phoebe Hearst Museum's collections from the site of Tebtunis, Egypt include one of the largest assemblages of mummy portraits to remain intact since their excavation, and form a remarkable resource for...   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 >

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Constructed Ethnicities in Ancient Italy

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | October 26 | 6-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Erich Gruen, Mario Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Center

 Del Chiaro Center

Annual Del Chiaro Lecture on a Roman Topic

Friday, October 27, 2017

Heritage and Community in Asia and Beyond

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | October 27 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This two-day conference focuses on the relationship between heritage and community in the following ways: the impact of top-down heritage projects on the residents who live and work in and around the project sites; the sociopolitical process of creating heritage projects that involves different actors with competing values and unbalanced power positions; and using heritage project as a strategy of...   More >

 Open to the public

中繼住宅共餐與露天電影院

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hidden Treasures: An Evening Exploring the Egyptian Collection at the Hearst Museum

Tour/Open House: Other Cal Archaeology | October 28 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt

We invite you to explore one of the world's most outstanding ancient Egyptian collections at this fundraiser benefitting the Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Experience rarely exhibited Egyptian objects up close and personal, with special tours offered to see masterpieces in the Museum's behind-the-scenes storage...   More >

 $60 Admission, $180 General Admission & Collections Tour

  Buy tickets online

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 >

Monday, November 6, 2017

Chasing the Shadows of the Past in Late Ottoman Argos

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | November 6 | 8-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Jonathan M. Hall, University of Chicago

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

If there is one sentiment that is common to nearly all the accounts written by European travelers to the Peloponnesian town of Argos during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, it is one of profound disappointment and shock at the lack of visible remains of a city whose fame had been so lauded in antiquity. Inevitably, perhaps, imagination filled the void that autopsy was unable to...   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 >

9th Annual American Indian Heritage Month Luncheon: Resiliency: Our Past, Present and Future

Social Event: Other Cal Archaeology | November 8 | 12-2 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Department of Ethnic Studies

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with 
Food, Speakers, Performers, Raffle, Historical Timeline, Poster & Photo Display. 

Wed. Nov​​ 8, 2017 at 12pm to 2pm at
Anna Head Alumnae Hall
2537 Haste St. 
Berkeley, CA 94720

$10 tickets (Donation).
available at door. Buy pre-sale tickets from 
Carmen Foghorn (carmenf@berkeley.edu/ Barrows Hall), 
Cindy Andallo​...   More >

 $10

  Tickets go on sale October 8. Buy tickets by emailing Carmen Foghorn at carmenf@berkeley.edu

Launch Pad: Undergraduate Student Talks about the Research Process in Arts and Humanities

Presentation: Other Cal Archaeology | November 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 4th Floor

 Library

Students discuss the initial process of starting a research project, introducing methodological approaches and resources while inviting other students to share their insight as well. This months featured students are Jacob Bjorseth and Gabriella Wellons.

 Must have a UCB ID for entrance.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Share Your Scholarship: Humanities Commons

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | November 14 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

 Stacy Reardon

 Library

Humanities Commons, a new platform developed by the MLA and other humanities organizations, offers a professional alternative to for-profit academic networking sites like Academia.edu. In this workshop, we'll learn how to make your research available online, develop an academic portfolio, and connect with colleagues at other universities using Humanities Commons.

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 >

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Native Claims Across Nations: Indigenous Land Ownership in Mexican and U.S. California, 1840-1860

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Julia Lewandoski, doctoral candidate, History, UC Berkeley

 Bancroft Library

The vast majority of indigenous Californians never received land promised to them after Mexico secularized California's missions in 1834. Drawing mainly from land case files in The Bancroft Library, Julia Lewandoski will trace the stories of those who did receive grants from Mexico in the 1840s. These communities used legal systems to gain and keep land after California became a U.S. state in 1850.

Phoebe's Cast Collection: Two Millennia of Copies and Replicas at the Hearst Museum

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | November 16 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

This talk will provide an introduction to UC Berkeley's collection of nearly 300 casts of Greek and Roman sculptures from the Classical period - examining both how these plaster copies were made from original sculptures in Europe, and how they travelled to California at the turn of the 20th century. This will be contextualized within a larger discussion of the copying tradition, starting in the...   More >

Friday, January 5, 2018

Andean Studies Conference, Day 1: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | January 5 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Institute of Andean Studies

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

 $40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or by calling 5106847930, or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Andean Studies Conference, Day 2: Institute for Andean Studies

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | January 6 | 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 John Rick, President, Institute for Andean Studies

 Institute of Andean Studies

The Institute of Andean Studies was the vision of John H. Rowe (1918–2004), who founded it in 1960.

 $40 Early registration, $10 Student early registration, $60 Registration after Jan 1 and at the door, $20 Student registration after Jan 1 and at the door

  Register online or or by emailing instituteofandeanstudies@gmail.com

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Talking to Gods: Ainu Artifacts in the Hearst Museum

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | January 18 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Christopher Lowman, UC Berkeley, Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The Ainu, the Indigenous people of northern Japan, traditionally use uniquely carved prayer sticks and highly-prized lacquer bowls to send prayers and offerings to their many gods. These sacred objects have made their way into museum collections, but their stories are seldom straightforward: they are entwined with ongoing Ainu cultural change, the desires of collectors, and the ways in which...   More >

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Memory and the Ear: Sather Lecture #1

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 8 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maud Fife Room | Note change in time and location

 Maurizio Bettini, Università degli Studi di Siena

 Department of Classics

Sunday, February 11, 2018

AIA Joukowsky Lecture - The Late Bronze Age Eruption of Thera (Santorini)

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 11 | 2 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Floyd McCoy, University of Hawaii

 AIA, San Francisco Society

The largest volcanic eruption of the past 10,000 years occurred in the southern Aegean Sea on an island known in antiquity as Thera (Santorini). A landscape was forever altered – as was a culture that thrived on that island, the Cycladic culture. Here was the core of a thriving maritime trade network, in close communication with the Minoan culture on Crete, vaporized in a four/five-day volcanic...   More >

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

From Turks to Mongols: David Ayalon’s Vision of the Eurasian Steppe in Islamic History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty matters in the study of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Among these was the...   More >

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | February 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library

 Library

Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Choose it to develop born digital projects and books, or as a companion site for traditional scholarship. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create a Scalar project, create pages and media, add metadata and annotations, and define paths.

Reconfiguration of Ceramic Production and Trade in China at the Threshold of Global Trade: An Archaeological Perspective

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Li Min, UCLA

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Taking archaeological ceramics from production, transportation, and consumption sites during the 13th to 17th century, this paper examines the changing configuration of ceramic production and trade on Chinese coast during the critical transition from the Asiatic Trade Network to the beginning of early global trade. I will explore how potter communities in China linked to emerging maritime...   More >

The Gallery and the Archive: Contemporary Artists Work with The Magnes Collection

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 21 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Join David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green, three contemporary artists who, in recent years, have interacted with The Magnes Collection and contributed to exhibitions that intersect new works with art and artifacts from the collection itself, in a conversation about art, creativity, archives, and memory, moderated by Francesco Spagnolo.

David Wilson, an artist based in Oakland, worked...   More >

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Column Monument in Bīsāpūr - a Roman Design for Sāpūr I?

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

 Near Eastern Studies

One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns...   More >

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Natural History Museum and the Future of Nature

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | February 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Beka Economopoulos, Co-founder and Director, The Natural History Museum; Dan Kammen, Professor, Energy & Chair Energy and Resources Group

 Arts + Design

In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and infrastructural power of science museums to transform them into...   More >

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Kevin Rowe: Conserve the Collector: Natural history collections and historical change

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Kevin Rowe (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Thursday, March 1, 2018

California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History

Colloquium: Other Cal Archaeology | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, 220 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 William J. Bauer, Jr., Professor, Department of History,, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development, Department of Ethnic Studies

In 1935, Concow Austin McLaine, of northern California’s Round Valley Reservation, told an oral tradition about Lizard, who saw smoke wafting up from West Mountain, now known as Lassen Peak. The people in Lizard’s town planned to steal fire from Eagle, who selfishly kept the fire under his wings. The people teamed up, stole the fire, and raced with it back to town. Before they reached their...   More >

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Opening Reception - Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Reception: Other Cal Archaeology | March 7 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, March 7 to celebrate the Phoebe Hearst Museum's new Spring exhibit entitled, "Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You." Opening to the public on Saturday, March 10, this timely exhibit-co-curated by Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley undergraduate students-invites visitors to examine how and why faces are depicted in global crafting...   More >

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

AHMA Colloquium - The Theatrical Guild and Rome

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 20 | 4 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Kent Rigsby, Duke University

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented in the afternoon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall. It is hosted and organized by graduate students from the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Group.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Past is Present:: Virtuality, Archaeology, and the Future of History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 4 – 6, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Center for New Media

Presented in partnership with swissnex San Francisco.
The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work.
From April 4-6, the BCNM will provide a venue for an international group to explore critical issues of new technologies.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Past is Present:: Virtuality, Archaeology, and the Future of History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 4 – 6, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Center for New Media

Presented in partnership with swissnex San Francisco.
The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work.
From April 4-6, the BCNM will provide a venue for an international group to explore critical issues of new technologies.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Past is Present:: Virtuality, Archaeology, and the Future of History

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 4 – 6, 2018 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Center for New Media

Presented in partnership with swissnex San Francisco.
The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work.
From April 4-6, the BCNM will provide a venue for an international group to explore critical issues of new technologies.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Reimagining Morocco's Cultural Heritage for the 21st Century

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ashley Miller, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In July of 2011, King Mohammed VI of Morocco (r.1999-present) endorsed a constitutional referendum that acknowledged his country’s plural identities and histories in an unprecedented way, describing a Moroccan national identity “forged through the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh, and Saharan-Hassanic components, nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic, and...   More >

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Marilyn Strathern: Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 17 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Marilyn Strathern, Former William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

 Graduate Division

Marilyn Strathern will present the Foerster lecture on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 titled "Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Marilyn Strathern

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium: Other Cal Archaeology | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Exhibits at UCB

People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

Exhibit - Multimedia: Other Cal Archaeology | April 12 – December 17, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think...   More >

 Free UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, Hearst Museum Members, and Youth under 18, $6 General Admisison, $3 Non-UC Berkeley Students and seniors over 65

Vision+Light: Converging Senses | Saturday

Exhibit - Multimedia: Other Cal Archaeology | October 28 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | Lobby Li Ka Shing Center

309825 Lynne Kimura BAMPFA 309826 Michelle Douskey College of Chemistry 309827 SEEC: Photography at the speed of light Group http://seecphotography.com/

 Science@Cal

This acclaimed program returns, featuring the convergence of art and science. Journey through ancient and modern worlds, from the nano to cosmic scale. Explore exhibits of microscopy, painting, video installations and sculpture, created by artists and scientists probing our world for deeper understanding.

Learn about ancient ceramic intrigue, explore physics and the deep sea, fold paper with...   More >

Vision+Light: Converging Senses | Sunday

Exhibit - Multimedia: Other Cal Archaeology | October 29 | 1-4 p.m. | Lobby Li Ka Shing Center

309064 Shannon Jackson Moderator Associate Vice Chancellor Arts and Design http://artsdesign.berkeley.edu/ 309065 Ken Goldberg Panelist/Discussant Professor Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, and the School of Information http://goldberg.berkeley.edu/ 309066 Joshua Cassidy Panelist/Discussant Lead Producer and Cinematographer KQED Science https://ww2.kqed.org/science/series/deep-look/ 309067 Lily Simonson Panelist/Discussant Fine Artist National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist in Residence http://lilysimonson.com/ 309068 Bull.Miletic Group http://bull.miletic.info/

 Science@Cal

This acclaimed program returns, featuring the convergence of art and science. Journey through ancient and modern worlds, from the nano to cosmic scale. Explore exhibits of microscopy, painting, video installations and sculpture, created by artists and scientists probing our world for deeper understanding.

Learn about ancient ceramic intrigue, explore physics and the deep sea, fold paper with...   More >

Vision+Light: Converging Senses - Lily Simonson - Turtle Rock 2

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts: Other Cal Archaeology | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts: Other Cal Archaeology | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >