Jun Sunseri, Professor

Open (1) Berkeley-Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology (BACA) project

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before February 5th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning January 9th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 23rd at 8 AM.

Berkeley-Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology (BACA) project is a community-based, collaborative partnership involving Berkeley archaeologists, the Merced del Pueblo de Abiquiú, and the Pueblo de Abiquiú Library and Cultural Center.

This project might appeal to students with an interest in:
Computer Science and Coding
Web Development
Database Management
Video and Photography

What is archaeological data good for once it’s collected?

URAP participants in the Berkeley Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology (BACA) project will have the opportunity to turn raw archaeological data from New Mexico into meaningful databases and documentation that serves community partners. Materials from the project include artifacts, photographs, sketches, maps and descriptive forms from the last three years of work with the Pueblo de Abiquiú in northern New Mexico. Founded as a Spanish Land Grant by a ground of Genízaro people (or former indentured servants of indigenous origin) the Pueblo and the UC Berkeley team have been investigating questions of identity, heritage, and land and water rights. This past summer focused on the historic cultural watershed, especially irrigation system, of the Pueblo that is still in use today.





Data Development and Creative Publication
The BACA project seeks applicants with a number of different skills to turn the data collected in the field last summer into meaningful products for our community partners that include:
- Converting raw data recorded in open data kit into database ready .csv files for filemaker
- Developing and coding user interfaces in Open Data Kit and Filemaker
- Connecting metadata information to photographs in Adobe Lightroom
- Editing video and photographs from summer field work and creating content for community and lab websites
- Working with GIS files of historic acequia networks and household survey
- Scanning and organizing hard-copy sketches, maps, and journals
-Curating content for collaborative publication with youth interns (field visit in October)
- Writing protocol documents guiding community partners to shared online data

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Alexandra McCleary, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Participants will work on a variety of tasks required to turn field data into meaningful information for our community partners. Most of the work will involve learning and using a variety of computer software, including databases (Filemaker and Open Data Kit Collect), graphics (Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quicktime), Web Publishing (Wordpress) and Geographic Information Systems (ArcMap and ArcGIS pro). Ideally apprentices will commit to three to six hours per week. Previous experience in or knowledge of archaeology is not required, but would be an advantage. Likewise experience and interest in coding would be an advantage for some, but not all, of the URAP tasks.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://arf.berkeley.edu/projects/bearbones/

Closed (2) Zooarchaeological Collections Management

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

This position involves coordinating and helping with the curation of comparative (non-human) skeletal specimens held in the Bear Bones Zooarchaeology lab. Specifically, this will involve supervised care, organization and accounting of mammals, fish, and bird skeletons. If desired, apprentices will also have the opportunity to assist with specimen prep, including care of our dermestid beetle colony. The Bear Bones Lab hosts data and collections from archaeological sites of diverse spatial and temporal origin, with research foci that engage an ever expanding network of cross-campus and community partners.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Alexandra McCleary, Graduate Student

Qualifications: This project will appeal to students interested in animal biology and/or archaeology. Students will gain experience in zooarchaeological methods, laboratory management skills, and experience in museum curation. The qualified student will demonstrate attention to detail and organizational skills.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://arf.berkeley.edu/projects/bearbones/

Closed (3) “Bear Bones” Zooarchaeology Research Lab Website Design

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

The Bear Bones Lab is looking for a team member to learn all about our ongoing projects and work with us to not only increase our web presence, but also make more accessible our community-partnered research to the public and partners whom we serve. The research cluster in Bear Bones has hosted data and collections from archaeological sites of diverse spatial and temporal origin, with research foci that engage an ever expanding network of cross-campus and community partners. We have digital resources from a variety of sources, including video of ethnoarchaeological butchery demonstrations by Native American community partners, 3D models of archaeological sites and landscapes captured by photogrammetry and LiDAR, and CTscan images of archaeological samples, among other files. The lab team would like to make these resources available to affiliated researchers and our community partners, with both public-oriented aspects and private resource hosting of shared archaeological data.

One or more student apprentices are needed to assist with the construction and expansion of the website that will be hosted by the Archaeological Research Facility domain. This will involve the construction of pages for our various research projects and affiliated researchers that will entail the presentation of various kinds of material, including text files, images, video, 3D interactive models, and databases. Students should develop experience in web design using Drupal or other relevant platforms and an understanding of the challenges currently being faced by archaeology and related fields in the on-line presentation of material.

The URAP student will be expected to help us introduce our website to our research affiliates and community partners at the end of the semester. The student will benefit from participating in original research and contributing in tangible way to professional networking, data sharing, and public archaeology.


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

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be self-motivated, able to pay close attention to detail, and have the computing skills necessary related to website construction and maintenance. Preference given to students with previous knowledge of website design.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://arf.berkeley.edu/projects/bearbones/