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Open Access Publications from the University of California


The Archaeological Research Facility (ARF), founded in 1948 as the University of California Archaeological Survey, is a research unit supporting UC Berkeley archaeologists who are faculty members and researchers from a wide-range of academic departments. The ARF provides equipment for field and laboratory research, laboratory space, and internal funding for archaeological studies. In 1965 the ARF began to publish data-rich monographs in the Contributions to the Archaeological Research Facility serial and the ARF Special Publications volumes. Digital versions of most volumes (1965-2005) are available in PDF format at the Foster Anthropology Library's AnthroHub website. Complementing the monograph series, the ARF site on eScholarship hosts digital reports produced from field work and laboratory analysis by Berkeley archaeologists.

Please also see the Department of Anthropology for related papers.

Archaeological Research Facility

There are 589 publications in this collection, published between 1965 and 2018.
Contributions of the Archaeological Research Facility (32)

The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Fort Ross, California

This volume inaugurates a new series on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Ross Colony, an early nineteenth century Russian trade outpost established in northern California. Founded by the Russian-American Company in 1812, and operated as a commercial enterprise until 1841, the Ross Colony comprised an early multi-ethnic community composed of Europeans, Creoles (people of Russian/ Native American ancestry), native Alaskans, and local Kashaya Pomo, Southern Pomo, and Coast Miwok peoples. Located 110 km north of San Francisco on the scenic Sonoma County coastline, the Ross Colony is now a state historic park administered by the California Departmnent of Parks and Recreation.

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Archaeological Research Facility Field Reports (35)
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Archaeological Research Facility Laboratory Reports (2)

Figurines, Wall Murals and Daggers: Objects and Art as Emotional Support for Cognitive Development and the Fear of Death

This paper is about using ethnographic data and psychological theories to interpret the archeological remains from the 9,000-year-old Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey. The main theme is to consider how the representations seen in murals and relief sculptures on the plastered walls of the Neolithic buildings, along with artifacts that include clay anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines, might relate to the cultural structuring of personal developmental and emotional needs of the inhabitants. Using especially psychological arguments of fear and anxiety, the paper explores possible ritual practices that gave symbolic meaning to the Çatalhöyük domestic architecture and artifacts.

McCown Archaeobotany Laboratory Reports (79)
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Then Dig (35)
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Archaeological X-ray Fluorescence Reports (406)
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