Archaeological Research Facility

Amundson Research Profile

Contact Information
ARF Affiliated
317 Hilgard Hall
Teaching and Outreach
Links and materials related to teaching, outreach, and public presentations
Academic research projects

Research Interests

  • The use of chemical and isotopic techniques to determine the relationship of climate and flora to soil properties.

Recent work with archaeological applications includes:

ARF Equipment

ARF Equipment is available for archaeological research by ARF faculty, their students, and ARF affiliated scholars under the permission of a faculty member. The equipment is examined by the Lab Manager while being checked out and again upon return, and users are expected to report back on the performance of the equipment and any issues that arose.

ARF Projects

To learn about some of the projects run by affiliates of the Archaeological Research Facility, visit these web sites.

Azarpay Research Profile

Contact Information
ARF Affiliated
Professor emerita

Research Interests

  • Art of Silk Roads: art of the stations on the intercontinental trade routes between China and the Mediterranean in the first millennium AD, with articles in press and in progress.
  • Sasanian Seal Stones: A Catalogue of Ancient Seals in UC Collections (book in preparation).
  • The Interpretation of Sasanian Art (in "Sasanian Art Beyond the Persian World,") paper contributed to the Vladimir Lukonin Memorial Lecture in Iranian Studies, the British Museum, July 1997, Proceedings to appear in 2000.

Field course in Historical Archaeology

Faculty: Laurie Wilkie
UC Berkeley Course: Anthropology 134A.1
Duration: 05/26-07/02/09

Historical archaeology at a late 19th early 20th century house, Berkeley, California


Geochemical Research Laboratory

The Geochemical Research Laboratory specializes in archaeological geochemistry; specifically, the use of energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometry to determine the selected elemental composition of volcanic rocks, and the use of chemical elements to determine the likely geologic source for archaeological artifacts.

Habu Research Profile

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ARF Affiliated

Archaeology of Japan

Since the time of her hiring, Prof. Habu has been conducting the following four archaeological projects:

(1) Analysis of Early Jomon Data from Central Japan

As a continuation of her dissertation research, she has been conducting the analysis of Early Jomon data from central Japan. In particular, in the academic year of 1996/97, she conducted an analysis of artifacts from the Takada Shell-midden, Kanagawa Prefecture. She plans to publish the results of this analysis in the form of a monograph.

Jomon Field School 2010

Principal Faculty: Professor Junko Habu
UC Berkeley Course: Anthropology 134A
This six-week summer program provides an introduction to field and laboratory methods in the archaeology of prehistoric Jomon hunter-gatherers of Japan. It is currently the only archaeological field school in Japan offered by an American university. As part of the  Berkeley Sannai Maruyama/Goshizawa Matsumori Project  (see below), we will excavate the  Goshizawa Matsumori site. At this  site, we will excavate one pit-  dwelling, catalog the potsherds and  other artifacts excavated from the site,  and collect soil-samples for flotation.  Flotation will be done to retrieve  floral/faunal remains and lithic  debitage. We also plan to work on soil  samples that were previously collected  from the Sannai Maruyama Site. This  field school is run in collaboration  with the Aomori Prefectural  Archaeological Center, Board of Education of Aomori City, and the Preservation Office of  the Sannai Maruyama site (a branch office of the Board of Education of Aomori Prefecture).

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Logo design

Interesting fonts for logo design
Dennis used an Arts and Crafts style font on the earlier website.
Other fonts of interest include:

  • Chelsea Studio
  • Copperplate Gothic
  • Lithos Pro
  • Papyrus


Nemea Center field schools

Currently there are two Archaeological Field Schools, one in Nemea and the other in Mycenae. The purpose of the field schools is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in archaeological research in Greece and receive academic credit from the UCB Classics Department.

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