UC Berkeley - Cal Day 2008
Saturday, April 12, 9am - 3pm
All events will be held at the Archaeological Research Facility (2251 College Building)
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!
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
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!
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
Try your brush and hand -- literally -- at making paints and helping paint a rock-art mural.
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.
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.
Historical Archaeology and Hansen's Disease: A New Perspective from Hawai'i
Hear about the ongoing historical archaeological research being done at the former Hansen's disease (leprosy) colony on Molokai, Hawai'i.
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.
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.
Andean Ceramics of South America: A Journey Through Space and Time
Hear about the social and technological construction of Andean ceramics and how these artifacts can be used to answer important archaeological questions.
(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.
(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.
|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|