Contributions Series

Our main publications series, Contributions of the University of California Archaeological Research Facility, Berkeley, was started in 1965.  Initially, most titles were related to California archaeology; today volumes in the series cover California, South Asia, Egypt, the South Pacific, and Latin America.


Special Publications

We also produce a number of special publications, featuring such topics as studies of Native Californian groups, Hawaiian archaeology, and lithic studies. All of our available publications can be purchased through the mail by filling in our order form and sending it to us with payment by check. Alternatively, if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can come by in person during regular business hours and purchase as many volumes as you like and avoid paying for shipping.


ARF on eScholarship

The ARF has a website on eScholarship, an open access scholarly publishing service by the University of California. The ARF site currently hosts research reports by UC Berkeley archaeologists in the form of two series: Field Reports and Lab Reports.

Contribution Series

The series, Contributions of the Archaeological Research Facility University of California, Berkeley, was started in 1965. The facility publishes research by its associates in this series. Digital versions of most volumes (1965-2005) are available in PDF format at the Foster Anthropology Library's AnthroHub website. Bound copies of the following volumes (prior to vol 65, 2013) of the series are currently in stock and available to order (download form).

Our series is now Open Access with support from the UC Berkeley Library.




No. 66 Spirit Fire and Lightning Songs: Looking at Myth and Shamanism on a Klamath Basin Petroglyph Site. By Robert David, 2016.
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No. 65 Triangulating Archaeological Landscapes: The US Coast Survey in California, 1850–1895. By R. Scott Byram, 2013.
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No. 64

Kala Uyuni: An Early Political Center in the Southern Lake Titicaca Basin 2003 Excavations of the Taraco Archaeological Project. Edited by Matthew S. Bandy and Christine A. Hastorf, 2007.



No. 63

Explorations in the Pisco Valley: Max Uhle's Reports to Phoebe Apperson Hearst - August 1901 to January 1902. Edited and Annotated by Jean-Pierre Protzen and David Harris, 2005.



No. 62

Archaeological Investigations in the Mangareva Islands (Gambier Archipelago), French Polynesia.  Edited by Eric Conte and Patrick Vinton Kirch.



No. 61

Prehistoric Human Ecology of the Big Sur Coast, California. Terry L. Jones with contributions by Douglas J. Kennett and Steven A. Moffitt.
283 pp., 2003.



No. 60

Essays on California Archaeology:  A Memorial to Franklin Fenenga.  Twelve essays by leading California archaeologists.   Edited by William J. Wallace and Francis A. Riddell.
180 pp., 60+ plates & figures, 2002.



No. 59

Lapita and its Transformations in Near Oceania: Archaeological Investigations in the Mussau Islands, Papua New Guinea 1985-88, Volume 1 Introduction, Excavations, Chronology.  Edited by Patrick V. Kirch.
248 pp., 139 figs, 16 tables, 2001.




Egyptian Pottery: Proceedings of the 1990 Pottery Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley Number 8, University of California Publications in Egyptian Archaeology.  Edited by Carol A. Redmount and Cathleen A. Keller.
350+pp., 2002


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Early Settlement at Chiripa, Bolivia:  Research of the Taraco Archaeological Project.  Edited by Christine A. Hastorf.
146 pp., 33 figs, 21 tables, 1999.




Prehistoric Use of the Coso Volcanic Field. Amy J. Gilreath and William R. Hildebrandt.
201 pp., 26 figs., 87 tables, 12 maps, 1997.




The Native Alaskan Village: A Multiethnic Community at Colony Ross: Vol.2 of The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Fort Ross, California.  Kent G. Lightfoot, Ann M. Schiff, and Thomas A. Wake, Editors.
430 pp., 201 illustrations, 272 pp. of appendices in microfiche, 18 chapters, 1997.




Excavation of the Emeryville Shellmound, 1906: Nels C. Nelson's Final Report.  Transcribed and prefaced by Jack M. Broughton.

Twenty-seven pages of illustrations follow Nelson's final report on the 1906 excavation. 
2 plates, 50+pp, 1996.




Fields of Victory: Vijayanagara and the Course of Intensification.  Kathleen D. Morrison.

Examines the strategies used to intensify agricultural production around Vijayanagara, the capital of a vast empire in southern India between the 14th and 17th centuries A.D. 
67 illustrations, 201+ pp., 1995.




Toward a New Taxonomic Framework for Central California Archaeology:  Essays by James A. Bennyhoff and David A. Fredrickson.  Assembled and edited by Richard E. Hughes.
115 pp., 3 plates, 12 figs., 1994.




The To'aga Site: Three Millennia of Polynesian Occupation in the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa.  P.V. Kirch and T.L. Hunt, Editors.

Interdisciplinary investigation of the role of humans in changing the landscape and biota of a tropical Polynesian ecosystem includes studies of pottery and basalt adzes revealing long-distance exchange between island societies. 
121 figs., 69 tables, 258 pp., 1993.




Explorations on the Makran Coast, Pakistan: A Search for Paradise. George F. Dales and Carl P. Lipo.

Drawing upon the diary of his 1960 expedition to the remote Makran coast, Dales recounts the search for evidence of commercial and cultural contacts between the ancient (2500 to 1900 B.C.) Indus civilization and the Near East. Excavations at two major sites and the artifacts recovered from them are described. 
Foldout map, 96 plates, 68 figures, 11 tables, 288 pp., 1992.




The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Fort Ross, California, Vol.I., Introduction.  Kent G. Lightfoot, Thomas A. Wake, and Ann M. Schiff.

The long-term research objectives of the Fort Ross Archaeological Project and a synthesis of archaeological research to date, including results of a recent survey of Fort Ross State Historic Park. 
36 illustrations, 249 pp., 1991.




Current Directions in California Obsidian Studies.  Richard E. Hughes, Editor, with contributions by J.E. Ericson, R.E. Hughes, C.M. Stevenson and B.E. Scheetz, M.C. Hall and R.J. Jackson, R.L. Bettinger, T.M. Origer, and D.A. Fredrickson and M.E. Bagsall.

State-of-the-art research on sourcing and hydration rate studies in California. 
126 pp., 1990.




Prehistoric Hawaiian Occupation in the Anahulu Valley, O'ahu Island: Excavations in Three Inland Rockshelters.  Patrick V. Kirch, Editor, with contributions by T. L. Hunt, S. Collins, M.S. Allen, and G. M. Murakami.

Impact of Hawaiian occupation, ca A.D. 1300, on the local environment of the Anahulu Valley.  
130 pp., 30 plates, 1989.




Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of Shelter Island, New York: An Archaeological Study of the Mashomack Preserve.  Kent G. Lightfoot, Robert Kalin, and James Moore.

Case study of prehistoric subsistence & settlement patterns of Shelter Island.  Asks if coastal hunter-gatherers widely adopted horticulture & sedentary lifeways.
224 pp., 1987.




Obsidian Studies in the Great Basin.  Richard E. Hughes, Editor.

Photocopy Reprint. Second Preface 1994.  231 pp., 1984.




San Francisco Bay Archaeology:  Sites Ala-328, Ala-13 and Ala-12.  Polly McW. Bickel.
375 pp., 12 plates, 1981.




Methods in Artifact Analysis: A Study of Upper Paleolithic Burins.   Richard N. Dreiman.
79 pp., 1979.




Studies in Ancient Mesoamerica, IV.  John A. Graham, Editor, with contributions by M. Johnson, E.M. Shook, M.P. Hatch, J.K. Donaldson, P. Mathews, D.M. Pendergast, D.C. Pring, D.S. Rice, and P.M. Rice.

Collection of papers on the archaeology, architecture and epigraphy of the Maya and the Olmec.
277 pp., 1979.




An Archaeological Assay on Dry Creek, Sonoma County, California.  M.A. Baumhoff and Robert Orlins.
240 pp., 1979.




The Prehistory and Human Ecology of Garden and Coal Valleys: A Contribution to the Prehistory of Southeastern Nevada. Colin I. Busby. 
257 pp., 1979.




Abaj Takalik 1976:  Exploratory Investigations.  John A. Graham.

Final edition: UCB project update & site map, 1976.




Special Publications

We also publish non-serial "Special Publications" of the Archaeological Research Facility. Digital versions of these volumes are available in PDF format at the Foster Anthropology Library's AnthroHub website. Bound copies of the following volumes of the series are currently in stock and available to order:




Special Edition

Na Mea Kahiko o Kahikinui: Studies in the Archaeology of Kahikinui, Maui.  Patrick V. Kirch, Editor, with contributions by P. Conte, B. Dixon, W. Hodgins, M. Kolb, V. Nagahara, E. Radewagen, and C. Van Gilder.

Special Publication No. 1 by the Oceanic Archaeology Laboratory.  81 pp., 1997.




Costanoan Internal Relationships.  Richard L. Levy.
57 pp., 1976.




Ethnogeographic and Ethno-synonymic Data from Northern California Tribes.  C. Hart Merriam.
142 pp., 1 map, 1976.




Ethnogeographic and Ethnosynonymic Data from Central California Tribes.  C. Hart Merriam.
221 pp., 1977.




Seven Early Accounts of the Pomo Indians and their Culture.   Assembled and edited by R.F. Heizer.
Photocopy Reprint. 63 pp., 28 plates. 1975.


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ARF Manuscripts on File (1948-1971)

The Archaeological Research Facility formerly hosted a collection of manuscripts on file that resulted from projects carried out between 1948 and 1971 by the University of California Archaeological Survey (later the ARF) organized and directed by Professor Robert Heizer. Some decades ago this collection was transferred to the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. These manuscripts contain site report information and therefore they are not available online for public viewing but are available at the discretion of the museum for consultation by professional archaeologists. A catalog PDF of available manuscripts can be viewed at the Museum's website but not the manuscripts themselves.

Collection of Manuscripts from the Archaeological Archives of the PAHMA (PDF)

For more information see this webpage