Christine Hastorf, Professor

Closed (1) GIS and past foodways: working with plant and animal distributions at an early settlement in the Andes

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

After years of detailed excavations we now have gathered exact placement of plants and animals from a farming and early ceremonial community on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. This early archaeological site is one of a few that has been excavated to modern standards with exact locations of food remains. These data sets exist in forms that can now be embedded into a GIS format and plotted to look at where food was cooked, eaten and deposited. The project will be working with the GIS program to enter and plot the plant food remains along with the animal food remains to learn about their patterning.



Student will work on the computer integrating material into a GIS database. Working with Hastorf's field work material this project will add in the plant data recorded from the excavations at an important early settlement on the shores of Lake Titicaca to make density and distribution maps of their locations vis a vis animal remains and the architecture. There is potential for a paper to be written on these data.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Geoffrey Taylor, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Knowledge of GIS and an interest in archaeology and or paleoethnobotany

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Open (2) Ancient Andean plants and their diversity

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

Our archaeobotanical laboratory completes a range of archaeological analyses and research. Holding a series of archaeological samples, plant type collections as well as visual images of plants used to help identify archaeobotanical material. This autumn project will work on the laboratory archaeobotanical collections, and our visual database, organizing them into curational order, recording them in our computer data base, with a focus on tubers, quinoa (Chenopodium) and chile peppers Capsicum from South America.


Organizing laboratory data sets, adding to and editing the filemaker pro database, Picasa image database, scanning, and working with plant specimens within the UC Berkeley McCown Archaeobotanical Laboratory in the Anthropology Department.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Christine Hastorf

Qualifications: An interest in plants would be helpful to gain more from this experience. Previous work with databases or picasa would be helpful.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Open (3) Examining Ancient Mobility and Trade with Obsidian Geochemistry

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

An undergraduate research apprentice is sought to assist in conducting XRF geochemical analysis of obsidian source samples from the Americas and associated archaeological artifacts during fall and spring semesters. The research is working with the newly installed XRF in the Archaeological Research Facility on campus.




This project will involve pulling materials from a collection, running samples in an X-Ray Fluorescence machine, gathering and appending results into a database, and reviewing the patterns noted in the geochemistry of obsidian source samples and obsidian cultural artifacts.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Nicholas Tripcevich, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: At least one archaeology course, a college level chemistry course, and some experience with database and spreadsheet software. This is a year long project.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Open (4) The making of pottery in the past: archaeological photographic research on ancient Andean ceramics

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

This URAP apprentice will assist with the investigation of how ceramic pottery was produced from their fragments. The creation of a reference database of archaeological ceramic surface techniques. The apprentice will be trained in a photogrammetry technique called Reflectance Transformation Imaging (or RTI), as well as the FileMaker database that we will use for organizing these documents. Additionally, the apprentice will help with an experimental archaeology component, creating and firing ceramic samples of various surfacing techniques and photographing these objects for inclusion in the reference database. The apprentice may also be asked to help with the assembly of a domed light array and automatic photography system, which will be built at the Makerspace on campus. Students interested in digital documentation techniques, experimental archaeology, and the study of traditional craft-technologies are encouraged to apply.


This apprenticeship will entail processing digital photographs of archaeological ceramics from Chiripa, Bolivia, and from the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, photographing ceramic fragments from Kotosh, Peru. Creating and firing ceramic samples, and also assembling a portable photographic system.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Kat Huggins, Graduate Student

Qualifications: An interest in ceramics and or photography is desirable. This is a year long project.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs