Rosemary Joyce, Professor

Closed (1) Museum Anthropology

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

Museums are cultural institutions that have the power to shape people's ideas about history and culture. This project examines museums: how their collections were shaped, how they shape public understandings, and how these things vary from one museum and one discipline to another.

The specific focus of this project is museums that collected in and about Puerto Rico. Case studies range from the Museo del Barrio to multiple museums at the Smithsonian Institution, and a variety of university museums.

Records of collections, collectors, and exhibitions from these museums are being combined to examine how museum collecting related to other factors over time, from military invasion and international agricultural business to the art world.

Working under the mentorship of a doctoral candidate, the student will assist in the creation of records, including in computer databases, from materials compiled over more than a year of research in museums and archives.

Some work editing and organizing digitized graphics is also envisioned.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Amanda Guzman, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Some knowledge of relevant computer applications would be helpful, but training will be provided. An interest in the cultures of the Caribbean and the history of anthropology would be important.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (2) Archaeology of the Albany Bulb

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

The Albany Bulb is a former landfill in the east bay that has been the site of a contentious urban use including encampments, recreation, and art. Archaeologists from Berkeley undertook survey, including working with former residents in this site, to document the home sites of former residents, some of which built extensive structures and lived at the Bulb for over a decade, who were evicted during a change of ownership of the land.

As an example of "archaeology of the contemporary", this project uses archaeological methods to record lives that might otherwise be ignored in official histories.

Data collected through the survey in 2014 includes maps, photographs, scanned archival documents, and video. URAP apprentices would assist in cataloguing and organizing photographs, scans and other digital media collected from salvage survey at the Albany Bulb.

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice will become familiar with the photo database of the project using Adobe Lightroom, a program they will be trained in using. They will learn how "metadata" (contextual information that allows interpretation of data) are designed and stored. They will be expected to write a short blog-post to share with our collaborators and will have the opportunity to be involved in public outreach using the material.

They will enter data about photographs from written forms into the meta-data of the images, and will participate in the development and implementation of a system of tags and categories.

When possible images will be geo-tagged with locations.

On completion of the cataloguing, the student will assist in the networking of the database to an online interface.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Annie Danis, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Previous knowledge of Adobe Lightroom is desirable but not required. Some familiarity with computer data entry and digital photography is desirable.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs



Closed (4) Archaeology of Honduras

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

This project will contribute to completion of reports on archaeological field projects conducted in Honduras between 1980 and 2009.



Selected apprentice(s) will work on entering data into computer databases, reviewing original field forms, and may assist in other steps in the creation of the final project reports for work on early villages in prehispanic Honduras. Data entered will be organized into graphic representations of patterns using simple descriptive statistics introduced to the apprentice(s) by the faculty mentor. Depending on interests, selected interns may also be provided introductory training in using graphics programs to create maps.

Qualifications: Students with an interest in archaeology, or in the prehispanic history of Central America, are especially encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs