Laurie Wilkie, Professor

Closed (1) Historical Archaeology Archival Research

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

This project involves identifying and compiling archival materials associated with early 20th century black families as part of a historical archaeology research project.

Students will work to identify and compile archival materials. Archival materials are accessible online and work will be carried out remotely.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Laurie Wilkie

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Remote.

Open (2) The Allensworth State Historic Park and Buffalo Soldiers Study

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Enter your application on the web beginning August 18th. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 30th at 9 AM.

The Col. Allensworth SHP and Buffalo Soldiers Study is a project that is investigating black frontier life in California through the historical lens of the Buffalo Soldiers and the all-black township of Allensworth, California. The project is utilizing archaeological material evidence and historical archival data to understand evolving racial tensions, environmental racism, and black identity formation occurring in the late 19th century. This project also involves a community engagement-based portion, in which myself and prospective URAPS will work collaboratively with the Friends of Allensworth non-profit to assist them with assignments relating to park educational curriculum development, social media, and other projects as needed.

The student will gain experience reading and interpreting historical documents and collaborating with community partners on projects with real-world implications and deliverables. Historical documents include maps, census records, directories, newspapers, personal communications, etc.

Hours are negotiable. URAP can work remotely if they wish, but must be available to meet by zoom for weekly meetings.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jarre Hamilton, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Qualifications (preferred but not required): • General quantitative and qualitative research ability • Proficiency in using Google Drive, Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and Word suite products, and/or ArcGIS • Multimedia and editorial skills • Effective communication skills—ability to communicate through various means (email, in person, phone, etc.) with community partners and colleagues • Organizational skills

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (3) Race and Ethnicity in the American West

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Dr. Wilkie's project explores emerging racial and ethnic relations during the 19th and 20th centuries through the analysis of archaeological material from diverse sites across Northern California and Texas. Currently archaeological materials are being examined from a Portuguese dairy operation in Marin County and a Chinese Shrimp camp in Richmond. Archival research is also being undertaken regarding buffalo soldiers at Fort Davis, Texas to compliment recent excavations.

URAPs participating in this project will take part in a wide range of historical archaeology laboratory operations including artifact cleaning, sorting, drawing, and cataloging. Students can also assist in historical document research, retrieval, and synthesis using databases such as ancestry.com, newspapers.com, the Online Archive of California, and archive.org.

Qualifications: Students who are interested in archaeology and history and are capable of detailed independent work are encouraged to apply. No previous coursework or experience is necessary, however, the completion of archaeological coursework such as Anthro 2 (Intro to Archaeology) or Anthro 121 (American Material Culture) is desirable.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Closed (4) Historical Archaeology Artifact Cataloguing

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

This project involves identifying and cataloguing archaeological artifacts in the Historical Archaeology Lab. Archaeological artifacts include glass bottles, metal objects, ceramics and other types of material.

The student will gain experience identifying and describing a wide variety of material generally found on historic period archaeological sites. The student will also gain experience describing, documenting, and photographing archaeological material according to archaeological cataloguing conventions. Student will learn to package and handle artifacts to ensure the preservation of the objects and retain context information., Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Student should have an interest in historical archaeology. Prior experience reading historical documents or working with archaeological material will be helpful but is not required. Previous coursework in classes such as Anthro2, or Anthro121AC will prove relevant but these are not prerequisites. Student must be able to devote 4 hours per week to project.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated