Upcoming Events

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 >

Monday, March 5, 2018

AHMA Colloquium - The Munich Doryphoros: Venerated - Surppressed - Forgotten

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date

 Rolf Schneider, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich

 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, 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 >

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mapping Indigenous California History

Tour/Open House: Other Cal Archaeology | March 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 50 McCone Hall

 Guest curated by Julia Lewandoski, graduate student, History Department

 Library

This event explores just one chapter in California's complex and on-going indigenous history, by featuring maps of Native American land claims made in the 1850s. After the 1830s secularization of the Spanish Franciscan missions where many Native Californians were forced to live and labor, some Native peoples still living at former missions managed to obtain titles to land from Mexican...   More >

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Italian ‘Commercial Revolution’: An Archaeological Reading?: A talk by Chris Wickham, March 12th 2018

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 12 | 5 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 Chris Wickham, Oxford University

 Medieval Studies Program

“The Italian ‘Commercial Revolution’: An Archaeological Reading?”

Chris Wickham, Chichele Professor of Medieval History emeritus at Oxford University and Fellow of All Souls College

12 March 2018
5:00 pm in Pauley Ballroom East, MLK Center.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring 2018 Del Chiaro Lecture: Characteristically Etruscan Italic And Etruscan Bronze Production In Context

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Greg Warden, President and Professor of Archaeology, Franklin University, Switzerland

 The Mario A. Del Chiaro Center for the Ancient Italian Studies

Poster for Spring 2018 Del Chiaro Lecture

Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Ken Goldberg

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this Lounge Lecture:
In 1919, a year before the word “robot” was coined, Sigmund Freud published an influential essay, Das Unheimliche, later translated into English as “The Uncanny”. The essay and the concept of the Uncanny are familiar to literary theorists and art historians, who have charted its the literary and theatrical origins of the concept through works by ETA Hoffman, Mary...   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.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rome Behaving Badly: Appian’s Critique of Roman Imperialism: CTP Distinguished Lecturer's Seminar

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | April 5 | 3 p.m. | 479 Bancroft Library

 Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

The 2nd century AD Greek historian, Appian of Alexandria, is usually thought of as “above all, an ardent admirer of Rome” (Oxford Classical Dictionary). Although he says admiring things about the overall Roman imperial achievement, Appian is at times fiercely critical of Roman behavior in his coverage of Rome’s conquests during the Republican period. Some of this he may get from his...   More >

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 >

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Telling Time by the Stars in Mesopotamia: Between Observational and Schematic Astronomy

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Gil Breger, PhD Candidate (Cuneiform Studies), Department of Near Eastern Studies, UCB

 Near Eastern Studies

Astronomers in Mesopotamia used a group of stars, called ziqpu, in order to indicate and measure time at night. How exactly this was accomplished is unknown. Were they directly observed in the night sky as part of this time-telling practice, or did they belong to some kind of theoretical scheme that allowed astronomers to describe time? The talk will explore the evidence for both these...   More >

Monday, April 16, 2018

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett on Theatre of History: Presenting the Past in American Jewish Museums

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

What is “the problem with Jewish museums”? Whereas there were only two major Jewish museums in the United States before the Second World War, there has been a proliferation of Jewish museums and Holocaust museums since. What stories do they tell? Who are they for? And, is there something about the American Jewish experience that distinguishes Jewish museums from those devoted to the history of...   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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Memento Mori: Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Latimer Hall, 120 Latimer Hall | Note change in location

 Dr. Paul Koudounaris

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

For over a decade, Dr. Paul Koudounaris has traveled the world documenting the display of human remains in religious practice. From the earliest Christian charnel houses to mummy festivals in modern day Indonesia, he found that the taboo we commonly associate with the dead body was anything but universal. In many cultures throughout history and many presently, a literal memento mori--a reminder...   More >

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 >

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Monuments and Memory: Contesting Identity in the Classical Landscape

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | April 21 | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Parker, Grant, Ph.D., Stanford University

 California Classical Association, Northern California

9:30am Donuts and Coffee
10:00am Keynote Speaker: Grant Parker
10:30am Presentations and Papers
1:00pm Light Mediterranean Lunch

UC Berkeley is easily accessible via BART. For parking information, please see this website.

Keynote Speaker:

Parker, Grant, Ph.D. Prof Classics, Stanford University.
"What's the Use of Monuments?"

Other Speakers and Paper Titles:...   More >

 $40.00 Non-Members, $30.00 Members, $15.00 Students

  Tickets go on sale April 2. Buy tickets online or or by emailing ccanorth@gmail.com

Cal Day - De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association

Performing Arts - Dance: Other Cal Archaeology | April 21 | 2-2:30 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall | Note change in time

 De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Based in Oakland and dedicated to preserving Afro-Peruvian traditions from the coastal region of Peru, the group will perform Son de los Diablos, a street masquerade that originated in colonial Lima with parades through Afro-Peruvian neighborhoods during carnival time. Dancers will wear masks made in Peru by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, and locally by Edmund Badeaux (Chaskinakuy Andean music...   More >

Monday, April 23, 2018

Faculty Research Lecture: Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. |  Chevron Auditorium, International House

 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

 William Dietrich, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

 Academic Senate

William Dietrich joined the Berkeley faculty in 1982, after studying at Occidental College and the University of Washington. His work focuses on understanding the processes that drive landscape evolution, including: rainfall runoff, soil production and transport, landsliding, river incision into bedrock, and floodplain formation. He is currently director of the Eel River Critical Zone...   More >

Thursday, April 26, 2018

AHMA Colloquium - What do you do with a Looted Site?

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers that typically hosts a mixture of visiting scholars and Berkeley faculty.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Māori Performance with Māori Mo Ake Tonu - Hands-On at the Hearst

Performing Arts - Dance: Other Cal Archaeology | April 28 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Māori Mo Ake Tonu

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

A cultural presentation featuring Māori performing arts through live song and dance by San Francisco Bay Area kapa haka group, Māori Mo Ake Tonu. The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The performance will include elements of waiata (songs), waiata-a-ringa (story telling dances), poi and haka. The numbers for the performance are inspired by the taonga...   More >

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mesoamerican Instrument Making Workshop

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | May 26 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Ernesto Olmos

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Learn about the art of ancient mesoamerican instrument making, cosmology, music, and culture. Make your own ocarina, flute, or shaker. Ocarinas are traditional clay flutes which have been made and played for thousands of years. This workshop will be led by Ernesto Olmos, a Oaxacan artist who specializes in traditional ceramic arts. Participation fee includes clay, tools and firing of the finished...   More >

 $75

  Buy tickets online

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Traditional Japanese Hand Tools and Joinery Construction

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | June 10 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come learn all about traditional Japanese woodworking. Through understanding a variety of tools and their use in making joinery, you will leave with knowledge of creating beautiful wood to wood connections with no glues or fasteners! Instructor Jay Van Arsdale will bring tools and joinery samples, and after a morning or demonstration students will be able to try their hand at using them.

 $75, $65 members

  Register online

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Mythological Faces of Java: Hearst Museum Lounge Lecture

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | July 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber | Note change in date

 Sandra Sardjono

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this lecture -
This lecture explores representations of faces and figures in Javanese mythologies beginning from the Hindu-Buddhist Period (pre-16th century) to the Islamic and Modern Periods. The quintessence of Javanese character types that runs through the centuries follows the conventional concepts of refined and unrefined, expressed in the local terms as halus and kasar. These...   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

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 >