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Ground-Penetrating Radar in California Archaeology, Dec 2

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:47
Ground-Penetrating Radar is a nondestructive geophysical surveying technique used increasingly in archaeological site assessment throughout the world. The technique has been very effective for characterizing features and strata at several sites in California and Oregon. These range from shell mounds and lithic sites to mission adobes and gold rush camps. This presentation outlines techniques incorporating the GSSI SIR-3000 radar equipment that is part of the ARF field equipment set. Sites discussed include Missions Santa Clara, San Juan Bautista, and Sonoma, Fort Ross Russian and Native settlement, Stege and West Berkeley Shell Mounds, adobes in Old Town San Diego, Camp Castaway, and shoreline villages.

Beginning with his Ph.D. research on intertidal wet sites on the Oregon Coast, Byram has focused on cultural and physical landscape changes along the Pacific Coast. His North American ethnohistoric research addresses topics ranging from indigenous trade and the Northwest Passage to fishing weir use in Native economies. In 2013 his book Triangulating Archaeological Landscapes appeared as ARF Contributions Volume 65. The book demonstrates the rich topographic detail of early U.S. Coast Survey maps depicting many key sites in their pre-development context. Since 2009 Byram has used ground-penetrating radar to characterize archaeological strata and identify artifacts and features, assisting with projects at a wide range of sites in California, Oregon, and other regions.

3D Film "The Final Passage", Dec 9

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:47
Join us to experience the first screening in the Bay Area of a new 3D film about the Grotte Chauvet-Pend D'Arc in Ardeche, France.
"The Final Passage" offers a 3D single-shot of the reconstructed Chauvet-Pont d'Arc Cave. In the spirit of the stunningly beautiful "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" comes the similarly striking "The Final Passage," an immersive 3D exploration of the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc Cave in France.
Offering a full view of the original cave using 3D models, special effects and what looks to be a single 28-minute shot as the camera traverses the ancient art and carvings of a civilization long gone, the film provides a unique look at the rich past of the historic cave. Watch the eerily beautiful trailer above.

The Book of the Dead in 3D, Dec 9

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:47
The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead is especially known in its two-dimensional version as recorded on funerary papyri. However, selections of these magical spells are also recorded on a series of other items of the tomb, in particular coffins. Thanks to a grant provided by the DH Department of UC Berkeley through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in cooperation with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Archaeological Research Facility, photogrammetric techniques are being utilized in order to create visualizations of coffins with Book of the Dead texts kept at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley. During this talk the preliminary results of this research project will be presented to the public.

Rock Art and Identity, Nov 18

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:51
Both on and off the rocks, pictographs and petroglyphs are powerful tools. In many countries, cultural and socio-political identities are shaped, manipulated, and presented through rock art. In this talk, I present results from recent fieldwork in southern Africa, northern Australia, and west Texas. I focus on heritage centres concerned with conservation, job creation, promoting community archaeology, and – above all – challenging visitors’ preconceptions of rock art and of the Indigenous peoples who made it. I also consider re-contextualised rock art images, in commercial settings, in academic publications, and as integral components of national symbols.