Past Events

  • Winter 2019

    February 27

    Presenter: Dr. Jay Reti

    Discussion: The Dawn of Archaeology: Reconstructing technology at the 3.3 million year old site of Lomekwi, West Turkana, Kenya

    February 13

    Presenter: Dr. Brendan Weaver

    Discussion: Spirits in Production: An Archaeology of Afro-Peru and the Jesuit Vineyards of Nasca

    January 30

    Bio-anth Career Talk

    January 16

    Presenter: Dr. Lars Fehren-Schmitz

    Discussion: Genetic Insights into the Populations History of South Americans

    Fall 2018

    December 5

    Presenter: E. Breck Parkman, CA State Parks

    Discussion: Digging the Sixties: An Archaeology of Hippies and Marines

    Nov 28

    Fieldwork Opportunity Workshop

    Nov 14

    Presenter: Carolyn Smith

    Discussion: Memorialized Belongings: Contemporary Research and Repatriation of Karuk Basketry

    November 7

    Presenter: Ronnie Steinitz

    Discussion: Weaving Food Webs: an integrative perspective on primate feeding ecology

    October 17

    Presenter: Dr. Josh Snodgrass

    Discussion: Social change, gut microbial communities, and physical growth among Shuar forager-horticulturalists of Amazonian Ecuador: Integrating evolutionary and biocultural perspectives

    October 10

    Presenter: Dr. Jason E. Lewis

    Discussion: An Earlier Origin for Stone Tool Making: Implications for Cognitive Evolution and the Transition to Homo



    May 16- Lunch Talk 

    Presenter: Tim Wilcox

    Discussion: Truth, Commensurability, and Conflict Narratives: Incorporating Indigenous Studies Theory Into Archaeological Research 

    12:00PM-1:00PM Social Science 1, Room 261

    May 4- Archaeological Research Center Annual Symposium 

    Emerging Ecologies: Archaeologies of Slavery, Landscape, & Environmental Change

    Presented by Dr. Justin Dunnavant and Dr. J. Cameron Monroe

    The Atlantic Era was a period of intense commercial integrations linking key economic players in Western Europe, the Americas, the Indian Ocean littorals, and West and Central Africa. The period was marked by dramatic increases in the volume of commerce at both the regional and global levels, radically transforming the societies and environments of these core areas. In fact, it is arguable that few communities on earth escaped the wide-reaching effects of commercial expansion and integration in this period. African slavery in European exports to Africa, exchanged them for enslaved people, and ferried those captives to the Americas. African people and cultures dispersed across theAmericas, and the crops  and natural resources that enslaved people harvested in the New World were shipped around the globe. This political, cultural, and ecological process laid the foundations for the cultures, environments, and economies of the modern world. At the very heart of this transformation were cities, ports, and plantations that wreaked vast ecological changes across their respective landscapes. Large swaths of land were cleared for agricultural production, ports were established for import and export, and flora and fauna were transplanted across hemispheres in a process known as the Columbian Exchange. These intentional and unintentional ecological transformations were accompanied by violent social and economic changes. Plantation labor regimes emerged as models for industrial factory work, contributing directly to rapid industrialization in the Atlantic world. The trans-Atlantic Slave Trade thus stands as a point of origin for the Anthropocene, the contemporary moment in which envelopments around the world have been profoundly shaped by human action. This one-day symposium explores the impacts and legacies of slavery and the slave trade across the landscapes of our rapidly changing world.

    May 2- Lunch Talk

    Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Allen

    Discussion: The Sum of All Things Small: Native Americans at Mission Santa Cruz

    12:00PM-1:00PM, Social Science 1, Room 261

    April 25- Lunch Talk

    Presenter: Dr. Justin Dunnavant 

    Discussion: Post-Hurricane Perspectices on Sustainable Archaeology in the U.S. Virgin Islands 

    12:00PM-1:00pm, Social Science 1, Room 261

    April 23- Frontiers in Archaeology Presents: Politics of Persistence in the Historical Archaeology of Indigenous People

    Speaker: Professor Stephen Silliman 

    Organizer: J. Cameron Monroe, UCSC Archaeological Research Center


    Archaeologist of colonialism and indigeneity continue to debate how to interpret and represent indigenous cultures and communities during colonial and settler colonial periods. Drawing on fifteen years of collaborative, community-based research with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of southern New England, this talk considers the prospects and problems of "persistence" as a framework for tackling the dichotomies of change/continuity  and past/present. It also considers how this framing stacks up against concepts of entanglement, hybridity, survivance and ethnogenesis and how it relates to the political projects of contemporary archaeology.

    April 11- Lunch Talk

    Dr. Terry L. Jones

    Discussion: Chendytes Lawi: Big Lessons From a Little Duck

    12:00pm-1:00Pm, Social Science 1, Room 261

    February 2- Frontiers in Archaeology Presents: Forensic and Anthropological Insights into 19th Century San Francisco Society from a Frogotten Child

    Speaker: Professor Jelmer Eerkens

    Organizer: J. Cameron Monroe, UCSC Archaeological Research Center


    In 2016 a mummified child was found during a home improvement project. Using modern archaeometric investigative tools, including biometric measurement, stable isotope analysis, and organic residue analysis, we attempted to reconstruct life history information about the child. However, with later genealogical and DNA studies we were able to determine the actual identity of the girl. Here we compare how the archaeometric data compare to the forensic and historic data, and together, what they tell us about living in San Francisco during the mid 1800's.


  • 2017

    November 29- Lunch Talk

    Presenter: Vicky Oelze

    Discussion: Biomolecular Markers of Great Ape Dietary Behavior- What We Can and Simply Cannot Tell from Stable Isotopes

    12:00PM-1:00pm, Social Science 1, room 261

  • November 15- Lunch Talk

    Presenter: Alan Garfinnkel Gold

    Discussion: Religious Symbolism in Eastern California Ghost Rock Paintings

    12:00PM-1:00pm, Social Science 1, room 261

  • November 1 - Lunch Talk

    Presenter: Professor Chelsea Blackmore

    Discussion: Peripheral Areas and Illegal Settlements: Everyday Life in the Early Colonial Period of Belize

    12:00PM- 1:00PM, Social Science 1, room 261

  • October 27- Frontiers in Archaeology Presents: Indigenous Construction in Colonial Houses in Mexico City

    Speaker: Professor Enrique R. Rodriguez-Alegria, Department of Anthropology University of Texas at Austin

    Organizer: J. Cameron Monroe, UCSC Archaeological Research Center


    Archaeological excavations in the hears of Mexico City can help understand how indigenous people created and transformed both public and private spaces in the city before and after the Spanish conquest of 1521. Scholars have remarked that historical narratives left by Spanish colonizers describe Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, as a feature of the landscape rather than a feat of indigenous engineering. Scholarship on architecture and urban change after the conquest has in turn focused extensively on the actions of colonizers in destroying the previous city and building new, more European buildings. Archaeological data from Mexico City shows that many pre-conquest engineering techniques were used to build the colonial city, allowing us to see the role of indigenous engineering, architecture, and technology in building the capital of New Spain. Archaeological data also show, surprisingly, that indigenous builder created the earliest houses for Spanish colonizers with their traditional, indigenous aesthetics.

  • October 25 - Lunch Talk

    Field School Workshop

    12:00PM- 1:00PM, Social Sciences 1, room 261

  • October 18 - Lunch Talk

    Presenter: Sarah Cowie

    Discussion: Community Engagement and Collaborative Archaeology at Stewart Indian School

    12:00-1:00PM, Social Science 1, room 261

  • 2016

  • April 1 - Archeological Research Center Conference

    Modeling Culture: 3D Archeology and the future of the past 

    Elaine Sullivan, UC Santa Cruz
    J. Cameron Monroe, UC Santa Cruz
    Conference Theme:
    The past decade has witnessed a dramatic surge in the availability and use of digital technologies in Archaeology, where the increasing power and declining cost of computing technology has transformed the way we think about collecting, analyzing, and presenting archaeological data. While many technologies have been adopted and adapted into the field, the potential for 3D modeling is still being explored. This conference asks leading innovators in the use of 3D research methods to present and evaluate the impact and future of this new technology on the study of the past.
    Michael Ashley, Center for Digital Archaeology · Edward González-Tennant, Digital Heritage · Interactive Susan Kuzminsky, UC Santa Cruz · Nicola Lercari, UC Merced · Tom Levy, UC San Diego · Bernard K. Means, Virginia Commonwealth University · Rachel Opitz, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies · John Rick, Stanford University · Elaine Sullivan, UC Santa Cruz · Willeke Wendrich, UC Los Angeles
    Keynote Address:
    Ruth Tringham, UC Berkeley

    Friday, April 1, 2016 • 9am - 5:30pm UC Santa Cruz • McHenry Library, Room 4286

  • March 3 - Archaeological Institute of America Lecture

    The beginnings of social inequality: The earliest gold mine of the world in the Caucasus (Georgia)

    with Professor Thomas Stoellner, the Ruhr-University Bochum and the German Mining Museum 

     6 PM, reception to follow 
    210 Humanities 1 

  • March 2 - Lunch Talk

    Dr. Emily Egan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz 

    12:30 – 1:30PM
    Social Sciences 1, room 261

  • February 19 - Frontiers in Archaeology Lecture

    Technology and society: A Comparison of Metallurgical Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa and in South America 

    with Professor David Killick Department of Anthropology University of Arizona 

    5:00  6:00 PM, reception to follow
    Humanities & Social Sciences, 259

  • February 18 - Research Seminar

    Archaeology under the microscope: the current state and possible future of archaeological science, featuring the following talks:

    Mobility and Exchange: Assessing herd management practices through stable isotope analysis
    with Anneke Janzen, Anthropology, UCSC
    Colonial Encounters and Climate Change: An ancient DNA perspective on the Population History of the Central Andes 
    with Professor Lars Fehren-Schmitz, Anthropology, UCSC 
    Archaeological Science as Anthropology: Two Decades of Research on Glaze-Painted Pottery from the American Southwest 
    with Professor Judith Habicht-Mauche, Anthropology, UCSC 
    Archaeological Sciences in the US and Beyond: Discussion and Commentary on the State of the Field
    with Professor David Killick, Anthropology, University of Arizona
    3:00 – 5:00 PM
    Social Sciences 1, 261
  • February 10 - Lunch Talk

    Temporal Patterns of Mexican Migrant Genetic Ancestry: Implications for Identification

    with Dr. Cris Hughes, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    12:30 – 1:30PM
    Social Sciences 1, room 261

  • February 3 - Lunch Talk

    Mobility, Massacres, and Marauding Maidens: The Viking Age from a Bioarchaeological Perspective

    with Cat Jarman, Ph.D. Student, University of Bristol

    12:30 – 1:30PM
    Social Sciences 1, room 261

  • 2015

  • December 2 - Lunch Talk

    Embodying the Goddess: The Practice of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt

    with Dr. Anne Austin, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Standford University

    Social Sciences 1, Room 261

  • November 20 - ARC Sponsored Events 

    Frontiers in Archaeology Lecture, Coalescence and Community at an Andean Hillfort Town: Ayawiri, Peru, AD 1300-1450

    with Professor Elizabeth ArkushUniversity of Pittsburgh Center for Ancient Studies & Archaeological Institute of America

    4:30-7 pm, 259 Humanities 2

  • November 18 - Lunch Talk

    Indigenous Archaeology in Central California: Social Memory and the Maintenance of Indigenous Homes and Landscapes

    with Peter Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, Coast Miwok (Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria)

    Social Sciences 1, Room 261

  • November 4 - Lunch Talk

    Native Residence and Resiliency in Colonial California

    with Dr. Tsim ScheiderAssistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCSC

    Social Sciences 1, Room 261

  • October 29 - ARC Sponsored Events 

    Ghosts and the Restless Dead in Ancient Egypt

    with Professor Rita Lucarelli, UC Berkeley, Department of Near East Studies, Center for Ancient Studies & Archaeological Institute of America

    4:30-7 pm, 202 Humanities

  • October 24 - ARC Sponsored Events

    Cowell Sesquicentennial (1865-2015) Public History Fair

    Friends of the Cowell Limeworks Public Event. Come Celebrate California Archaeology Month With Us!!

    1-4 pm, UCSC "New" Hay Barn

  • October 21 - Lunch Talks

    Field School Workshop

    The Whats, Whys, and Hows of Field Work

    Soc Sci I, 261

  • October 14 - Lunch Talks

    The Archaeology of a Black Runaway Slave Reduction in Colonial Mexico

    with Dr. Adela AmaralUC President's Postdoc, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

    Social Sciences 1, Room 261

  • May 27 - Special Seminar

    HAIR: History of Animals using Isotope Records

    with Thure E. Cerling, Distinguished Professor, Biology, Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah

    11 am 
    Earth & Marine Sciences A340

  • May 26 - Whole Earth Seminar

    African Environments of Human Evolution: The Isotope Evidence

    with Thure E. Cerling, Distinguished Professor, Biology, Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah

    4 pm 
    Natural Sciences Annex Room 101

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    May 7 - Frontiers in Archaeology Lectures

    Did the Black Death Spread to Sub-Saharan Africa?

    with Gérard Chouin, Assistant Professor of History, College of William and Mary
    5 pm
    Humanities 2, Room 259
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    April 21 - Frontiers in Archaeology Lectures

    The Archaeology of Globalisation: Recent Fieldwork in the Indian Ocean World

    with Professor Mark Horton, University of Bristol

    Humantities 1, Room 202

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    April 9 - Archaeological Institute of America  Lectures 

    The Diplomat, the Dealer and the Digger: Writing the History of the Antiquities Trade in 19th Century Greece

    with Professor Yannis Galankis, University of Cambridge
    Humanities 1, Room 210

  • Arch/Phys Lunch Talks

  • Arch/Phys Lunch Talks Are Held in Room 261 of Social Sciences 1 at 12:30pm - For more information see the Arch/Phys Homepage
  • April 8
    David Ingleman, Graduate Student, UCSC Department of Anthropology

    April 22
    Alex Bentley, University of Bristol

    May 6
    Kenneth Ames, Portland State University

    May 20
    Anneke Janzen, Doctoral Candidate, UCSC Department of Anthropology

    June 3
    Graduate School Workshop

  • Past Events

  • March 11

    A Primer to International Forensic Investigations of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

    with Stefan Prost, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

    Social Sciences 1, Room 261

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    February 25

    Imagine Going to Church: An Outsider's View on What it Means to Work on Ancestral Remains within the San Francisco Bay Area

    with Fanya Becks, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
    Social Sciences 1, Room 261

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    January 30 - Archaeological Institute of America Public Lecture

    Uncovering a Nomadic City Along the Medieval Silk Road

    with Michael Frachetti, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Washington in St. Louis

  • February 11 - Arch/Phys Lunch Talk

    Finding Employment in Archaeology and Physical Anthropology

    with Erik Zaborsky and Dr. Lauren Zephro
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    January 28 - Arch/Phys Lunch Talk

    Liquid Power: The Socio-Economic Impact of Rum on the 18th and 19th Century Atlantic World

    with Charlotte Goudge, Postgraduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol

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    January 14 - Arch/Phys Lunch Talk

    Paleogenetic analysis of pre-Columbian tuberculosis from the New World

    with Kelly Harkins, PhD, UCSC Dept. of Anthropology/UCSC Human Paleogenomics Lab