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.
The Oceanic Archaeology Laboratory (OAL) was established in 1989, as a
part of the Archaeological
Research Facility (ARF), an Organized Research Unit of the University
of California at Berkeley. The mission of the OAL is to carry out original
and innovative research into the archaeology, prehistory, and historical
anthropology of the Pacific Islands and their indigenous peoples and cultures.
The OAL's geographic scope includes Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia.
Past, current or on-going research projects have focused on the Hawaiian
Islands, French Polynesia (Mo'orea
Cook Islands (Mangaia),
Western Polynesia (Futuna, Tonga, and Samoa),
Solomon Islands (Tikopia, Anuta, Vanikoro), and Papua New Guinea (Mussau