The Archaeological Research Center (ARC) at UC Santa Cruz serves as a center for interdisciplinary archaeological research on the UC Santa Cruz Campus, and a crucial link between UCSC and the broader local community.
ARC is not currently a degree-granting program. However, ARC faculty members accept graduate students in world-class home departments across the campus. For further information about applying for graduate school in one of these programs, please visit the following department pages.
Looking for volunteer opportunities?
ARC faculty and staff support a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students at different levels of experience who wish to gain additional experience doing hands on archaeological research. Check back for newly posted projects seeking volunteers, or contact faculty directly.
UC Santa Cruz is an exciting place for Archaeology! In the past few years, the community of scholars engaged in archaeological research at UC Santa Cruz has grown dramatically, not just in anthropology, the traditional home of archaeology programs in many North American institutions, but across all five academic divisions.
Faculty across the Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Physical and Biological Sciences, and Engineering engage in a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to generate new perspectives on the human past. From 3D modeling and ancient DNA analysis, to settlement patterns and the study of animal remains, faculty on our campus are pushing the boundaries of archaeological research and community engagement.
The Archaeological Research Center was established in 2014 to brings these approaches together, to encourage new and innovative ways of exploring our collective past. Since then, the ARC has fostered a creative archaeological inquiry on campus and beyond, promoted undergraduate and graduate research in archaeology, and made important connections with the broader community. Please join us in this exciting venture, and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
J. Cameron Monroe
UCSC Archaeological Research Center
Events We Host
The ARC hosts events oriented towards both the campus and broader communities throughout the year. See what’s coming up via the campus calendar.
Please check our calendar or join our listserv to be informed of upcoming events.
Frontiers in Archaeology Lectures
Archaeological research increasingly calls upon scholars to reach across multiple academic fields, drawing methodological and theoretical inspiration from a wide range of disciplinary practices.
The ARC sponsors the Frontiers in Archaeology campus lecture series, which brings eminent scholars to campus to explore the best that such interdisciplinary research has to offer.
Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Lunch Seminars
The ARC co-sponsors, with the Department of Anthropology, the Archaeology and Biological Anthropology Lunch Seminars (aka the Arch/Bio lunches).
These talks are held semi-weekly, and include both thematic lectures of interest to the general campus community, as well as focused workshops primarily directed towards undergraduate professionalization.
Archaeological Institute of America Public Lectures
The ARC co-sponsors, with the Department of History, the Santa Cruz chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Local societies such as ours sponsor lectures and events of interest to their members, and provide a local forum for people with an interest in archaeology to meet and talk.
The national organization also sponsors a series of three lectures for each local society on a broad range of topics. Both basic and student membership in the AIA include a subscription to its popular magazine, Archaeology.
The ARC sponsors occasional workshops for the campus community on archaeological methods.
Past workshops have included hands-on programs in archaeological photogrammetry, drone survey, and ceramic analysis.