I am a North American archaeologist who has worked in New England, the American Southwest, and the Pacific Coast of North America. I specialize in the study of coastal hunter-gatherer peoples, culture contact research, and the archaeology of colonialism. Since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1987, my research has focused on Native Californian peoples and their encounters with early European explorers and colonists. I work primarily in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
My 2017 Stahl Award supported the care of artifacts recovered during the completion of excavations at Stanford University’s Arboretum Chinese Quarters (ACQ). Excavations carried out between November 2016 and June 2017, through a combination of Berkeley, Stanford, and local volunteer teams, recovered several thousand artifacts dating to the site’s occupation by Chinese employees of the Stanford family between 1876 and 1925.
Stahl funds contributed to David’s 2017 dissertation field research at the Samuel Adams Limekilns on Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz County, California. The goal of this project is to better understand the everyday lives and relations of a diverse set of laborers who lived and worked at the site from 1858 until 1906. Of particular interest are the ways in which broader changes to California, including widespread immigration, industrialization, and transportation advancements affected power dynamics and social relations between different labor groups.