Upcoming Events

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 >

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Fish and the Volcano: Human-Environment Interaction in Lake Cocibolca, Nicaragua

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

 Lucy Gill, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

My work explores human-environment interaction in the socially complex, ecologically variable landscape of pre-Hispanic Nicaragua. It employs a historical ecology conception of landscape to investigate networks of interaction centered around Lake Cocibolca, the largest source of freshwater in Central America, which continues to be an important locale for resource extraction and exchange....   More >

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Flintknapping: Merging Mind and Body

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Felicia De Pena, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

My work is focused on situating the transmission of flintknapping knowledge between mobile Epipaleolithic hunter-gatherer peoples of the Levant through chaîne opératoire. By refitting bladelet cores at Kharaneh IV, I strive to identify how individuals learned to flintknap, from raw material acquisition through the production of the final tool. I view the knowledge transmission process as a proxy...   More >

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Question of Design: Gender in Hawaiian Kauhale

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

 Kirsten Vacca

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk reviews the results of a research project conducted in Nu‘u, Kaupō, Maui. The focus of this project was an examination of the kauhale (house complex) construction phenomena researchers in Hawaiian archaeology postulate reflect a gender-segregated use of space and gender-segregated activities. Previous work in Hawaiian archaeology has relied on late 19th and early 20th century...   More >

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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

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

 Geoffrey Taylor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

After the Looting

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Near Eastern Studies

 Archaeological Research Facility

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ARF Coordination Meeting

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

 Archaeological Research Facility

The initial Wednesday meeting of the semester is a coordination meeting for ARF Faculty, Grad Students and Staff. There is no public lecture. The first lecture occurs on the next Wednesday (Sept 5).

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Climate and Land Use Change in the Maya Lowlands

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | September 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. David Wahl, Research Geographer, US Geological Survey

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will examine several paleoenvironmental studies from the Maya lowlands as a basis for developing a broader context from which to view the rise and fall of prehispanic Maya settlement.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Catching up with the (Upper) Paleolithic: “Art”, Memory, and Social Lives

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

 Meg Conkey, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this informal talk, I will report on some recent trends and research in the study of the Upper Paleolithic, drawing, in part, from two summer conferences and our on-going research in the foothills of the French Pyrénées, at the site of Peyre Blanque. Both conferences addressed the current state of study of Paleolithic “art” that increasingly takes into consideration a wider and social context...   More >

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Protecting the Dead: the LBA site of Aidonia, Greece, and the TAPHOS project

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Kim Shelton, Associate Professor of Classics, Director of Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, Department of Classics, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

I present the preliminary results of the Nemea Center's collaborative project with the Greek Archaeological Service (TAPHOS) at the LBA site of Aidonia in the Korinthia region of Greece.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

After Cahokia: Indigenous Repopulation and Depopulation of the Horseshoe Lake Watershed 1400 – 1900 CE

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 AJ White, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This study presents demographic trends from a fecal stanol population reconstruction of Horseshoe Lake, Illinois along with information from archaeological, historical, and environmental sources to provide an interpretation of post-Cahokia (> 1400 CE) population change.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Shellfish for the Celestial Empire: A Deep History of the Birth, Collapse, and Future of Abalone Fishing in California

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Todd J. Braje, Irvine Chair of Anthropology and Associate Curator, California Academy of Sciences

 Archaeological Research Facility

In the midst of the California Gold Rush, a small group of enterprising Chinese immigrants recognized untapped resources along our state’s coast. Freed from both human and sea otter predation for decades, coastal California was teeming with abalone stocks and commercial fishing of several species rose to become a multimillion dollar industry. By the late twentieth century, however, overfishing,...   More >

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Overcoming Specialist Silos: Lessons from Zooarchaeology on Data Creation, Access, and Reuse

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Sarah Kansa, Archaeological Research Facility & Open Context

 Archaeological Research Facility

Drawing on zooarchaeological case studies from Etruscan Italy and Neolithic Anatolia, this talk highlights the challenges specialists face in ensuring that their work contributes to the bigger picture of archaeological interpretation.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Return of the Basket: On Art and Environment

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

 Daniel Niles, Associate Professor, Geography, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (Kyoto)

 Archaeological Research Facility

Baskets are the original bags. They are among humankind’s earliest technologies, speaking especially to distant human interaction with plants. For as long as it is possible to measure, people everywhere made and used baskets in order to make life easier. In the modern imaginary, however, basketry is common, perhaps too common, and so tightly linked to pre-industrial life that it appears not just...   More >

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Remembering Queen Mary: Heritage Conservation of Free Blacks on St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

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

 William White, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk explores the ways positionality plays a central role in the way heritage conservation is practiced by black Crucians and white Danish scholars.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What is the future of archaeology in Greece? How the nation-building project devalues archaeology and the quest for relevance

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

 Anastasia Sakellariadi, Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Archaeology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Dr. Sakellariadi demonstrates through research focusing on three local communities how an exclusive emphasis on the glory of the past and its physical manifestations has rendered this past irrelevant to contemporary Greeks. She argues that another archaeology is possible in Greece.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Surveying Sistan: New Tales about an Old Archaeological Project in Afghanistan

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | January 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility) | Note change in date

 Mitchell Allen, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility & Smithsonian Institution

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation will offer a brief overview of the Helmand Sistan Project (HSP), the only multidisciplinary, long-term, comprehensive survey and excavation project ever conducted in the southwest corner of Afghanistan.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Clothes on Their Backs: Sartorial Practices of Self-making within the African Diaspora

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Ayana Omilade Flewellen, University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Through an analysis of material culture and documentary data, my work examines the complex interplay between structural forms of oppression and agency by focusing on the ways sharecropping, tenant and landowning farmers in Texas utilized dress to negotiate racism, sexual exploitation, and exploitive capitalism.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

GPR and Gradiometry in the Hyper-Arid Atacama: Assessing Features Among Fossil Channels, Paleosols, and Lithic Dispersions at Quebrada Mani 35, Chile

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicholas Tripcevich, Lab Manager, Archaeological Research Facility; Scott Byram, Owner, Feature Survey, Inc; José M. Capriles, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University; Calogero M. Santoro, Professor of Archaeology, Instituto de Alta Investigación, Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile

 Archaeological Research Facility

In the hyper-arid core of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile dozens of Terminal Pleistocene archaeological sites have been located in an area that previously held seasonal surface water channels and a riparian landscape. We present preliminary results from recent geophysical research at the site of Quebrada Mani 35.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

HearstCAVE: Immersive Visualization and Student Discovery Experiences

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

 Chris Hoffman, Associate Director, Research IT

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk explores the role that visualization walls, photogrammetry, and virtual reality can play in research, scholarship, and student engagement, highlighting a series of projects led by Research IT and the Hearst Museum of Anthropology with a growing set of partners on campus and beyond.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Making Space for the Invisible

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

 Michael Chazan, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will consider the role of the invisible in human engagement with artifacts. This discussion draws heavily on comparative psychology research on the capacity of chimpanzees for abstract though in both the social (sense of self) and physical realms, as well as on Tim Ingold’s critique of hylomorphy. The first context in which hominins drew on invisibles was in the use of fracture for...   More >

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Use of Ancient DNA to Understand Human History

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Rasmus Nielsen, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Department of Statistics, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

I this talk I will discuss the use of ancient DNA in anthropological research. I will start by discussing some of our work on the discovery of interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals and the causes of the Neanderthal extinction. I will then move into a discussion of several different studies we have been involved with on analyzing human remains.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Weimar Joint Sanatorium: Institutional landscapes, identification, and disease

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

 Alyssa Scott, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation will discuss the intersection between healthcare systems and racialized and gendered landscapes in California by tracking the design and transformation of the institutional landscape of tuberculosis sanitoria using archaeological survey, ground penetrating radar (GPR), magnetometer survey, historical research, and oral histories.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Continuity and Change in Landscape Use: Examples from Iwate, Northern Japan

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

 Junko Habu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Etruscans Outside the Box: Ancient and Modern Tomb Biographies

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

 Lisa Pieraccini, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation explores three different examples of Etruscan tomb biographies literally “outside the box” with new evidence of prestige items, new discoveries of Etruscan tomb groups, as well how the Etruscans were appropriated at the turn of the 20th century.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Adventures in extracting punctuated histories at Çatalhöyük

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Burcu Tung, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will explore the preliminary results of the most recent dating program conducted at the Northern Area of the East Neolithic mound of Çatalhöyük. The results of this final excavation campaign have contributed greatly to the dating program, which utilizes a Bayesian statistics accentuated with an iterative approach to radiocarbon sampling and chronology modelling.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Power of Plurality: Encounters, Emergence, and Boundary-Making in the Nineteenth-Century Industrial Far West

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 David Hyde, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk situates industrial sites in the post-Gold Rush American West as dynamic, pluralistic spaces of encounter, negotiation, entanglement, and emergence- sites of creativity and community building (as much as control and exploitation) that re-configured boundaries of difference along multiple axes in important and lasting ways.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Race, Place, and Other Things for the Taking: The Buffalo Soldiers and Allensworth, California

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

 Jarre Hamilton, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In 1908, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth (and chaplain to the 24th infantry regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers) founded the town of Allensworth, California. This talk will discuss the daily, lived experiences of both the civilian population and the enlisted military men who existed in these varying racialized landscapes and the archaeological material culture they have left behind.