Public Outreach

The Archaeological Research Facility at U.C. Berkeley is committed to working directly with local schools to bring archaeology to the classroom. Archaeology is an interdisciplinary subject that uses history, math, science, art, literature, and cultural studies to investigate the past. From kindergartners to high school students and beyond, we hope to help people develop skills to think critically about the past.

The Public Outreach program arranges for graduate students from U.C. Berkeley to visit classrooms and community organizations in Berkeley and Oakland where they do a short (45 minute) introduction to archaeology. These interactive presentations are fun and involve hands-on activities such as a mock-dig for younger students, or showing real artifacts, tools, and slides to older students.

Programs Currently Offered:

  • Visits to schools and community organizations in Oakland and Berkeley by an archaeologist.
  • Lab tours of the ARF facilities for school groups.
  • Annual CalDay Activities. ARF is open to the public with a full day of lectures, activities, and lab tours.

Please contact our Outreach Coordinator for more information about associated fees for visits.

 


For Further Information Contact: Tomeko Wyrick
ARF Public Outreach Coordinator
Archaeological Research Facility
2251 College Building, room 205
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1076
(510) 642-2212
arf.outreach@berkeley.edu

 

Cal Day 2009 Schedule

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Archaeological
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Saturday, April 18, 2009: 9am - 4pm

Photos from CalDay 2009 are posted to the ARF's Facebook page

All events will be held at the Archaeological Research Facility (2251 College Building)


9 - 11 am
Play with Clay
Learn how to make and decorate your own ceramics the way people did in the past. Clay available -- bring your own kids!

9 - 11 am
Excavate!

See what you can uncover at one of our dig sites, and get a digital photo of you at work.

10 - 10:45 am
From Captain Cook to Pearl Harbor: Colonial Archaeology in the Pacific Islands

(James Flexner, Ph.D. Candidate)
Hear about the archaeology and colonial history of sites dating from the 16th to the 20th Century from the Solomon Islands to New Zealand to Hawaii.

11 - 11:45 am
Creamware, Quakers, and Cactus: Preliminary investigations of the Vanterpool Estate, Little Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
(John Chenoweth, Ph.D. Candidate)

This paper will discuss a new project which aims to study social identity in archaeology, and the interaction of religion, race, and daily life.

11 am - 1 pm
Flintknapping

Have you ever tried flintknapping? Stop by to see Berkeley archaeologists in action and feed your curiosity about how stones are made into tools.

11 am - 1 pm
Rock Art Painting

Try your brush and hand -- literally -- at making paints and helping paint a rock-art mural.

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Paleoethnobotany

How many seeds can you identify?  Come see how archaeologists study seeds for clues about cooking, eating, and farming in the past.

12 - 12:45 pm
So you're an archaeologist?!
(Colleen Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate)

Co-directed with David Cohen, this film was shown at the Asian Art Museum exhibit Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.  With an introduction by Co-Director Colleen Morgan.

Noon - 2pm
Bioarchaeology and the Reconstruction of Past Lives

Our bones can tell us about health, nutrition, and the life-cycle in past populations. See how!

*CANCELLED*

1 - 1:45 pm
The Law, Native Americans, Archaeologists, and the Study of Human Remains
(Darren Modzelewski, Ph.D. Candidate)

In this talk Darren will discuss how a particular law, The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990), affects the relationship between archaeologists and Native American communities.

1:30 - 3:30 pm
Rock Art Recording

No, not with mixers and synthesizers, but with actual rocks! Learn how archaeologists record rock art in this hands-on activity at Berkeley's very own rock-art site.

2 - 4 pm
Pin the Tail on the Sheep!

It's a matching game! Help us identify faunal remains, and see what those bones can tell us about food, environment, and animal mobility.

Cal Day - Past Schedules

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Cal Day 2008 Schedule

UC Berkeley - Cal Day 2008

Saturday, April 12, 9am - 3pm

All events will be held at the Archaeological Research Facility (2251 College Building)


9-11 am
Play With Clay

Learn how to make and decorate your own ceramics the way people did in the past. Clay available -- bring your own kids!

10-10:45 am
A Llama Caravan in Southern Peru (Dr. Nicholas Tripcevich)

Traveling with a traditional llama caravan bearing salt and tubers, archaeologists recently journeyed to the highlands of Peru to carry out an ethnoarchaeological research project. See a documentary of the experience and hear from the research director. For more information visit the project site online at
http://mapaspects.org/projects/llama-caravan-2007

11-11:45 am
Marking the Landscape in Stone and Paint
(Professor Meg Conkey)

What is rock art and what can we learn about the images produced during the Paleolithic era? Find out!

11 am-noon
Flintknapping
Have you ever tried flintknapping? Stop by to see Berkeley archaeologists in action and feed your curiosity about how stones are made into tools.

11 am-1 pm
Rock-Art Painting
Try your brush and hand -- literally -- at making paints and helping paint a rock-art mural.

Noon-12:45 pm
Bridging the Gap Between Real, Imagined, and Virtual at a 9,000-Year-Old Archaeological Site
(Professor Ruth Tringham)
Hear about the innovative archaeological research at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, and discuss the findings of that project.

Noon-2 pm
Rock-Art Recording
No, not with mixers and synthesizers, but with actual rocks! Learn how archaeologists record rock art in this hands-on activity at Berkeley's very own rock-art site.

1-1:45 pm
Historical Archaeology and Hansen's Disease: A New Perspective from Hawai'i
(James Flexner)

Hear about the ongoing historical archaeological research being done at the former Hansen's disease (leprosy) colony on Molokai, Hawai'i.

1-3 pm
Attention: Excavation in Progress
Don't miss this chance to see Berkeley students working on their continuing investigation of the historic Cheney House archaeological site on campus.

1-3 pm
OKAPI Island in Second Life
Visit OKAPI Island in the 3-D, virtual environment of Second Life, and explore the past and present of Çatalhöyük, a 9,000-year-old village located in present-day Turkey. The island, constructed by undergraduate research apprentices, features virtual reconstructions of the excavation site and multimedia exhibits of research data.
http://okapi.wordpress.com/projects/okapi-island-in-second-life/

2-3 pm
Andean Ceramics of South America: A Journey Through Space and Time
(Andy Roddick)

Hear about the social and technological construction of Andean ceramics and how these artifacts can be used to answer important archaeological questions.

Cal Day 2006 Schedule

ACTIVITIES

(9am - 11am) Excavate!: So you want to be an archaeologist? See what you can uncover at one of our dig sites, and get a digital photo of you at work.

(9am - 11am) Play With Clay: Learn how to make and decorate your own ceramics the way people did in the past. Clay provided, bring your own kids!

(11am - 1pm) Textiles in the Past and Present: See weaving techniques on backstrap and table looms and contemporary textiles from around the world. Learn about archaeological textiles in these hands-on activities for adults and kids.

(1pm - 3pm) Rock Art: Try your brush and hand (literally!) at making paints and help us paint a rock art mural.

(2pm - 4pm) Roll It: Learn about Sumerian cylinder seals and roll your own onto clay tablets.

(2pm - 4pm) Excavate!: So you want to be an archaeologist? See what you can uncover at one of
our dig sites, and get a digital photo of you at work.

TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS

(Noon - 1pm) The Last House on the Hill: Reflections on Excavating the Biography of Building 3 at Çatalhöyük: Presentation about the innovative archaeological research at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, and discuss the findings of that project with Professor Ruth Tringham

(11am - 1pm) Flintnapping: Don’t miss your chance to see some flintnapping! Stop by to see our archaeologists demonstrate how to make stones into tools.

DISPLAYS

(9am - 4pm) Multimedia Projects from the Multimedia Authoring Center for Teaching in Anthropology (MACTiA): Explore the past with archaeological multimedia projects created by our students and faculty. All ages welcome!

(9am - 4pm) Rediscovering the Bay Area's Chinese Heritage: Oakland's San Pablo Avenue Chinatown. Stop by to view a poster presentation about the exciting archaeological research going on at Oakland's San Pablo Avenue Chinatown.

Cal Day 2002 Schedule

9:00 to 4:00 Information Table (Dwinelle Plaza)
9:00 to 11:00 Open House: Multimedia Laboratory at MACTiA (2224 Piedmont)
11:00 to 12:00 Lecture: “The Cultural Landscapes of Southeastern Europe and Anatolia” at the Shorb House (2547 Channing Way) by graduate students Paolo Pellegatti and John Matsunaga
11:00 to 1:00 Open House: Paleoethnobotany Laboratory (65 Kroeber Hall)
11:00 to 1:00 Open House: The California Historical Laboratory (55 Kroeber Hall)
1:00 to 2:00 Lecture: “The Archaeology of Martin’s Hundred, Virginia, 1619 to 1713” at the Shorb House (2547 Channing Way) by graduate student Kevin Bartoy
1:00 to 3:00 Open House: East Asian Laboratory (314 Kroeber Hall)
2:00 to 4:00 Activity: “Become a prehistoric artist” at the Shorb House (2547 Channing Way)
2:00 to 4:00 Demonstration: “Making stone tools” at the Shorb House (2547 Channing Way)
3:00 to 4:00 Lecture: “’C’ is for Clay Balls – The Mystery of the Clay Balls Rolls On” at the Shorb House (2547 Channing Way) by graduate student Sonya Atalay

Cal Day 2001 Schedule

  • Mock Excavation Participate in a simulated excavation and learn how archaeologists excavate, draw, and map artifacts. Children Welcome! (Atrium, 2251 College Building)
  • Picture it! A digital picture of you excavating! Photos can be e-mailed to you or posted on our web-site. (Atrium, 2251 College Building)

10:00 am

  • Mock Excavation Take part in a simulated excavation and learn how archaeologists excavate, draw, and map artifacts. Children Welcome! (Atrium, 2251 College Building)

11:00 am

  • *Plants and People Hour* Plants and People of Turkey Tour the Paleoethnobotany Lab and find out what people were eating 9,000 years ago and view remains of seeds from a Neolithic site in Turkey (65 Kroeber Hall: Basement)

12:00 noon

  • Historical Archaeology in West Virginia Lecture by Kevin Bartoy: The Origins of Inequality in 17th Century Virginia (Rm. 101, 2251 College Bldg.)

1:00 pm

  • *EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY HOUR* Pottery, Clay Balls, Beads & Figurines Experiment with clay to make your own pottery, figurine, or beads while learning about how people used this important resource 9,000 years ago. Clay available, kids welcome! (Atrium, 2251 College Building)
  • Stone Tool Technology See a flint knapping demonstration and learn how stone tools and artwork were made. Examples of stone tools from around the world will be on display. (In front of 2251 College Building)

2:00 pm

  • Ancient Coins: Using Them & Making Them Professor Robert Knapp gives an informal lecture on the origin and use of coins, followed by the chance to make your own "ancient" coin. (Rm. 101, 2251 College Bldg.)

3:00 pm

  • Solving the Puzzles of Prehistory Thousands of spherical clay objects found from a 9,000 year old ‘city’ – what we aren’t sure about is how they were used? Bring your ideas and put on your thinking cap while you join us in exploring the ways that archaeologists work to understand the ‘mysteries’ of the past. (Rm. 101, 2251 College Bldg.)

ARF Exhibits

Current exhibits at the Archaeological Research Facility

Altamira Mural in the ARF Atrium

The east wall of the Atrium in the Archaeological Research Facility features a mural designed around a principal panel at Altamira, the renowned Upper Paleolithic cave art site in northern Spain. 

Amanda Adams on scaffolding The mural was painted by Amanda Adams in 2005 following the seismic retrofitting of the ARF building.
   

The artist Amanda Adams has published a book about early women archaeologists entitled Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure (Greystone Books, 2010).

Historical instruments in the ARF

In the past fifty years of research by scholars at the Archaeological Research Facility instrumentation has changed dramatically. A number of historic instruments on are display at the ARF.

buff 

Buff & Buff Transit

Model 2C
Produced: 1930 (approx.)
Optical tube length: 
25.4 cm (10")
Serial: 25574


 k_e

Keuffel & Esser
Wye Level

20" Extra Fine Engineers
Model: 5012
Produced: 1908
Optical tube length: 
51.5 cm (20 1/4")
Serial: 16516


 

W. & L.E. Gurley
1510 no. L

18 Inch Engineers Wye Level
Model: 377
Produced: 1915
Optical tube length:
49.2 cm (19 3/16")
Serial: 151090

Thanks to Robert Parrish of Antique Surveying Instruments for information about our instruments.