The Oceanic Archaeology Laboratory (OAL) is one of several research labs which together comprise the Archaeological Research Facility, an organized research unit of the University of California at Berkeley. The OAL is under the direction of Patrick V. Kirch, Class of 1954 Professor of Anthropology.

Obsidian from the Quispisisa source was widely distributed in ancient South America. Today dozens of large quarry pits are found in high grassland area in southern Ayacucho at around 4000m asl. In 2012 a research project directed by N. Tripcevich, D. Contreras, and Y. Cavero will focus on the source area and adjacent knapping workshops. Contact us about our field research in 2012.

Located in central Turkey, Çatalhöyük (”cha-tal-hu-yuk”) is the site of a Neolithic farming community that flourished from 9,400 until 7,700 years ago. The website is a production of Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük (BACH), directed by Ruth Tringham a professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.