Faculty Labs

Archaeological X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF) Laboratory

Analysis of archaeological and source standard obsidian, other volcanic and sedimentary rocks, and ceramics, particularly focused on non-destructive analyses.

XRF Laboratory Website:

Brain Evolution Laboratory

Research concerning the development and evolution of the human brain, and vertebrate brain evolution in general. The lab includes a large collection of diverse mammal brains used for histological analysis. Researchers in the lab are also engaged in fMRI and computer simulation research. 

California Archaeology Laboratory

Analysis of archaeological materials from sites in California, primarily from the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Central American Archaeology Laboratory

Study of archaeological materials on loan from Honduras and El Salvador.

East Asian Archaeology Laboratory

Research on pottery, stone tools, faunal and floral remains from the Sannai Maruyama site and other Jomon period cites (circa 5900-4300 b.p.) in northern Japan

Eurolab 1

Archives of archaeological projects in Yugoslavia (Selevac, Opovo, Gomolava) and Bulgaria (Podgoritsa) and current data from Çatalhöyük, Turkey.

Eurolab 2

Map and computer-based analyses for the on-going project, "Between the Caves: Regional Open Air Survey in the French Midi-Pyrénées, France".

Geoarchaeology and Southwest Asia Prehistory Laboratory

The Geo-SWAP Lab serves three main functions: a) artifacts analysis (especially lithics) from archaeological excavations conducted by Maher and her students, predominantly in Southwest Asia, b) geoarchaeological & micromorphological analysis of soils and sediments from archaeological sites in Southwest Asia, Asia and North America, and c) a space for conducting experimental archaeology (stone tool production) and the training of graduate and undergraduate students in lithic technology through an extensive archaeological and experimental teaching collection housed in this lab. 

The lab also contains several light microscopy stations for the analysis of archaeological soils and sediments to elucidate human activities, reconstruct palaeoenvironments, and understand archaeological site formation processes at the macro- and micro-scales.

Historical Archaeology Laboratory

Analysis of materials manufactured within the last 400 years and curation of a comparative zooarchaeological collection

McCown Archaeobotany Laboratory

All ranges of archaeological plant material, including wood, seeds, storage tissue, and microbotanical evidence is analyzed in the Archaeobotany Laboratory.  The laboratory also is in the repository of identified plant collections, mainly from western South America and California, with some from Mesoamerica and the Near East, with special emphasis on Zea mays and Chenopodium.

Multimedia Authoring Center for Teaching in Anthropology (MACTiA)

Teaching laboratory supporting learning through intensive coaching of teams producing digital multimedia/hypermedia products.

Oceanic Archaeology Laboratory

Analysis of prehistoric Oceanic ceramics, lithics, identification of charcoal and other macrobotanical remains, geoarchaeological analysis of sediments from habitation and agricultural sites, and development of GIS databases

Skeletal Biology Laboratory

Research on health, disease, development, maintenance, and aging of the human and non-human primate skeleton from an evolutionary and biocultural perspective.

Zooarchaeology Laboratory

The Bear Bones Lab

Research Description:
Our lab specializes in the analysis of faunal remains, and uses innovative approaches to identify taphonomic signatures on bone, allowing for the identification of a variety of activities associated with human-animal interactions and cuisine. We are also an experimental archaeology lab with diverse interests in the use of technology such as geophysics and modeling to not only better understand the past, but also better serve the research mandates of our community partners.  As a result, the Bear Bones Lab has hosted data and collections from archaeological sites of diverse spatial and temporal origin, with research foci that engage an ever expanding network of cross-campus and community partners.

Location: 197 Kroeber
          University of California, Berkeley
          Berkeley, CA 94720


Current Researchers:

Mario Castillo:

Mario Castillo is Ford Foundation Fellow at the National Academies and recent graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills (B.A.) where he was Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a California State University Sally Casanova Predoctoral Scholar. His work centers on the intersection of natural resources, social-life and the phenomenology of temporality. For his dissertation work, he expects to use Spatial Archaeometry--the application of scientific techniques to measure the properties of materials at all scales including artifacts, sites and landscapes--to investigate land-use, water management and domestic economy in Mexico's Bajio region during the Post-Classic to Colonial transition (AD 1200-1700).

Annie Danis:

I am a Berkeley Fellow in the department of Anthropology, University of California. My work explores the intersection of art and archaeology through a sensory approach to historic landscapes. In particular I am interested in how archaeology can use new and alternative forms of mediation to empower contemporary communities in North America broadly and the American Southwest specifically. This guides my use of GIS, spatial visualization, and database technologies, as well as public archaeology as a practice, to produce self-reflexive, inclusive scholarly works.

Work in the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary past has brought me to Dakhla Oasis, Egypt, Abiquiu, New Mexico, St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California to explore the intersections of the past and the present. Work with the American Museum of Natural History, NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and UCLA’s Center for Experiential Technologies, The Autry National Center, Crow Canyon Archaeological Research Center have provided me the opportunity to work with a diverse range of communities invested in the outcomes of archaeological inquiry.

Shelby Medina:
I am a recent graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A) who is currently working in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology as the Prep Lab Class coordinator where we teach MVZ Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) students how to prepare various museum research specimens. I majored in Anthropology while at Berkeley where I developed a deep interest in zooarchaeology, which combined my passion for archaeology and my work with faunal remains in the MVZ. Some of my interests include foodways and cuisine, zooarchaeology, human osteology, and community based archaeology.

Alexandra McCleary:

I have been a graduate student at UC Berkeley and working in the Bear Bones Lab since 2012.  My areas of interest include religion, social theory, zooarchaeology/foodways, and historical archaeology.  These interests have lead me to work on projects in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, DC, California, and New Mexico.  I am deeply committed to the communities with whom I am engaged.  As an award-winning Graduate Student Instructor, I take a particular interest in fostering appreciation for archaeology through curriculum development, youth outreach, mentoring and apprenticeship. My dissertation research lies in Abiquiu, New Mexico.  I’m particularly interested in how identity-laden practices are perceived and utilized amid continually shifting political realities.  

Gabriel Sanchez:

Gabriel Sanchez is an indigenous anthropologist, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and a recent graduate of the University of Oregon (B.A.). His interests include hunters, gatherers, and fishers, maritime adaptations, and community based research. Gabriel is committed to decolonizing the practice of archaeology by collaborating with descendant communities. As such, his work has included corroboration of oral histories of the Tillamook and Chinook tribes of Oregon working in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the University of Oregon, and the Smithsonian Institution. He expects his dissertation research to focus on indigenous landscape management in Central California through a zooarchaeological perspective. 

Dr. Jun Sunseri:

My research particularly focuses on colonialism, foodways, landscapes, historical archaeology, preservation and heritage in the western US and northern South Africa. Members of my research cluster bring together complementary lines of evidence of varied types and spatial scales, including analysis of archaeological ceramic and faunal assemblages related to domestic foodways and GIS analysis of remote sensing, geophysical survey, and excavation data to reveal tactical, engineering, and ritual patterning of cultural landscapes. By placing these suites of data in dialogue with each other, we seek more robust explanations of the ways that communities expressed various aspects of their identities in different contexts and scales of social performance. Related to these research foci are the relationships between colonization and the historical transformation of indigenous landscapes, foodways, and identities.

As an archaeologist, I am especially interested in the potential for examining these issues through the analysis of material culture and technology but I think it is vitally important to approach research projects as multidimensional processes that are both archaeological and contemporary.  Close collaboration with living communities in the narrative building process and as full partners in research design and implementation is central to the work of our research cluster. Towards this end, I have recently conducted research with community partners and agencies in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, Mono County, California, and Tshimbupfe in Limpopo Province.  I answer to the communities who trace their heritage to the sites where we work. As a guest, I value my partnerships with descendants, residents, and teachers interested in including ethnohistory and archaeological science in political recognition, local curriculum, and land and water rights struggles.

XRF Lab Website Website
Anthropology Resources
The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Over 3.8 million archaeological, ethnographic, and physical anthropology specimens, photographs and sound recordings.

103 Kroeber Hall (510) 642-3682 Website
The George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library

Over 80,000 volumes supporting anthropological research.

230 Kroeber Hall (510) 642-2400 Website
Social Sciences Graduate Diversity Office Website
Folklore Archive

More than 500,000 items of folklore from around the world, organized in alphabetical order by country or geographical area, and then catalogued according to genre.

110 Kroeber Hall (510) 643-7934 Website
CoDA: Center for Digital Archaeology

The Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA) is a team of experienced scholars and professionals from UC Berkeley who believe in the value of using digital technologies for the study and preservation of our cultural heritage. We develop data-driven digital products and educational programs to support organizations interested in the creation, management, and publishing of digital data and rich media. 

2224 Piedmont Ave Website
Archaeological Research Facility

Supports research in archaeology by faculty and graduate students across campus, presentation of results in publications and lectures, and outreach to the public schools.

2251 College Avenue (510) 642-2212 Website
Area Studies Centers
UC Center for German and European Studies 254 Moses Hall (510) 643-5777 Website
Joint Stanford-Berkeley Center for African Studies 342 Stephens Hall (510) 642-8338 Website
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 260 Stephens Hall (510) 642-3230 Website
Institute of East Asian Studies 2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor (510) 642-2809 Website
Center for Southeast Asian Studies 2223 Fulton Street, Rm. 617 (510) 643-7062 Website
Center for Latin America Studies 2334 Bowditch Street (510) 642-2088 Website
Center for Korean Studies 2223 Fulton Street, Rm. 508 (510) 642-5674 Website
Center for Japanese Studies 2223 Fulton Street, Rm. 500 (510) 642-3156 Website
Center for Chinese Studies 2223 Fulton Street, Rm. 503 (510) 642-6321 Website
Related Research Centers
Townsend Center for the Humanities 220 Stephens Hall (510) 643-9670 Website
Institute of International Studies (IIS) 215 Moses Hall (510) 642-2472 Website
Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences 608 Barrows Hall (510) 642-5047 Website
Human Rights Center 460 Stephens Hall (510) 642-0965 Website
Center for Working Families 2420 Bowditch Street, Room D-100 (510) 642-7737
Center for Urban Ethnography 2538 Channing Way (510) 643-5199 Website
Center for the Study of Sexual Culture 632 Barrows Hall (510) 643-3040 Website
Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics 215 Moses Hall (510) 642-2472 Website
Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology 101 Moses Hall (510) 642-5992 Website
Beatrice M. Bain Research Group on Women and Gender 3415 Dwinelle Hall (510) 643-7172 Website
Working Groups
The Linguistic Anthropology Working Group Website
Department Controlled Rooms
Kroeber Hall Facilities Gifford Room Website
Kroeber Hall Facilities Faculty/Staff Lounge Website
Barrows Facilities - Office 51 Barrows
2251 College Avenue Facilities Room 101 Website
2224 Piedmont Facilities Room 15 Website