Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Plant Domestication in the Near East and Notes on the Modern Human Condition

Lecture: ARF Special & Workshops | January 16 | 5-6 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Avi Gopher, Professor, Tel Aviv University; Shahal Abbo, The Levi Eshkol School of Agriculture, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Archaeological Research Facility

The major issue pertaining to Near Eastern plant domestication by archaeologists is: which model best reconstructs plant domestication? On the one hand, the protracted-autonomous (non-centered) model, thriving in Near Eastern Neolithic studies in the past decade, emphasizes three major aspects of domestication: (a) a long, protracted process that was (b) geographically autonomous (non-centered)...   More >

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 >

Friday, January 19, 2018

Porfirio Gutiérrez y Familia: Textile Sale Event

Sale | January 19 – 21, 2018 every day | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Porfirio Gutierrez

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Browse and purchase unique works by master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family at this three day textile pop-up sale. This sale will occur alongside a lecture on Friday, January 19th and a natural dye workshop on Saturday, January 20th.

The Art of Handmade: A Zapotec Weaver in the 21st century

Lecture | January 19 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Porfirio Gutierrez

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join us for the closing lecture of the inaugural exhibit People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World. Weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez will speak about his work as an artist and the work of his community to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes, techniques that stretch back more than 1,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition. This talk will open a three day series of...   More >


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Zapotec Natural Dye Workshop: with Porfirio Gutiérrez

Workshop | January 20 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Porfirio Gutierrez

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Natural materials have been used to produce dyes and colorants throughout much of human history. in Oaxaca, the way of learning has been passed down from generation. Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez to learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context, to make a range of richly colored dyes using natural colorants derived from the indigo, cochineal, and wild marigold...   More >

 Must be 15 years of age and older to participate.

 $50 Workshop Registration

  Tickets go on sale December 21. Buy tickets online or or by emailing pahma-programs@berkeley.edu

Porfirio Gutiérrez y Familia: Textile Sale Event

Sale | January 19 – 21, 2018 every day | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Porfirio Gutierrez

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Browse and purchase unique works by master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family at this three day textile pop-up sale. This sale will occur alongside a lecture on Friday, January 19th and a natural dye workshop on Saturday, January 20th.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Porfirio Gutiérrez y Familia: Textile Sale Event

Sale | January 19 – 21, 2018 every day | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Porfirio Gutierrez

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Browse and purchase unique works by master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family at this three day textile pop-up sale. This sale will occur alongside a lecture on Friday, January 19th and a natural dye workshop on Saturday, January 20th.

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 >

Monday, February 5, 2018

Anthropology 290 Speaker Series:: Critical Perspectives on Free Speech

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Nicholas Dirks, Anthropology and Histroy; Rosemary Joyce, Anthropology; Christopher Kutz,, Law School

 Charles L. Briggs, Anthropology

 Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to invite you to an
Anthropology 290 panel discussion. The goal is to bring a range of
perspectives to bear on the task of rethinking the analytic and political

underpinnings of debates centering on “free speech.”

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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 >

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


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

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 >

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 >

Friday, March 2, 2018

Archaeology Agencies Panel Workshop: Archaeological careers with government agencies and utilities

Workshop: ARF Special & Workshops | March 2 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Archaeological Research Facility

A public round table discussion of how governmental and agency
businesses engage with archaeology and archaeologists.

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

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.

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


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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Imagined Asia: Archaeology, Museums, and Questioning Asia in the 19th Century United States

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

 Christopher Lowman, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

During the late nineteenth century, perceptions of Asia were changing rapidly among the predominantly Euro-American United States public. Immigration, trade, and rising American imperialism shaped how Asia was imagined, affecting policy and society on both sides of the Pacific, for immigrants and for Asian peoples alike. Using a combination of historical archaeology, oral history, and museum...   More >

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Characteristically Etruscan: Etruscan and Italic Bronze Production in Context: The Annual Del Chiaro Lecture

Lecture | March 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Greg Warden, President, Franklin University, Switzerland

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

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 >