Jun Sunseri, Professor

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

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Enter your application on the web beginning August 19th. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 31st at 9 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 in northern New Mexico. Founded as a Spanish Land Grant by a ground of Genízaro people (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.

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.

This project will appeal to students with an interest in:
Geographic Information Systems
OR
Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
OR
Database management and data entry
OR
Web Content Development

There are a number of positions open to URAPs for this project:

1. Field Record Management
This position will focus on turning the data collected during the 2017 BACA field season into a use-able digital collection of files. This includes scanning and organizing paper sketches, reviewing and standardizing excel files, organizing photos in lightroom, and completing inventory of digital field recording forms.

2. Archaeological Illustration
This position will focus on turning hand-drawn maps a sketches into publication ready images using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

3. Geographic Information Systems
This position will assist the supervisor in standardizing all geospatial information collected during the 2017 BACA field season. This includes working in ArcGIS and creating publication-ready maps to send to our community partners for review.

4. Collaborative Media
This position will use audio-visual material from the 2017 field season to create online content for the Bear Bones and Abiquiú Library and Cultural Center websites. This position may also include working on a mobile tour application using audio files.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Danny Sosa Aguilar, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: 1. Field Record Management Required qualifications: attention to detail, experience with file organization, understanding of .jpg and .pdf filetypes Desirable but not essential qualifications: knowledge of Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, FileMaker and/or other database software and/or Adobe Lightroom and Acrobat 2. Archaeological Illustration Required qualifications: attention to detail, knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop Desirable but not essential qualifications: design or art background, interest in visual presentation of data 3. Geographic Information Systems Required qualifications: attention to detail, knowledge or coursework in GIS Desirable but not essential qualifications: interest in spatial data and modeling 4. Collaborative Media Required qualifications: previous experience with web content, familiarity with video and photo editing software Desirable but not essential qualifications: knowledge of WordPress and Photoshop, design experience

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

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

Open (2) “Bear Bones” Zooarchaeology Research Lab Collections and Website Management

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Enter your application on the web beginning August 19th. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 31st at 9 AM.

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.

We are also looking for team members 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.

Students working with animal bones will participate in the 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.

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 students working on the website 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: Lucy Gill, 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, web presence skills, and experience in museum curation. The qualified student will demonstrate attention to detail and organizational skills.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

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

Open (3) The Allensworth State Historic Park and Buffalo Soldiers Study

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Enter your application on the web beginning August 19th. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 31st at 9 AM.

The 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 local staff and students in the African American Male Achievement program (within the OUSD school system) to talk with them about environmental justice, African indigenous knowledge-based curriculum, and local community uplift.

There are 2 (two) positions that are open for application:
1) This position will involve: collaborating directly with AAMA community partners in organizing and putting together logistics for short and long-term deliverables. Deliverables can take on a number of forms including—curriculum lesson plans, webpages, videos, posters, infograhics, and geographic information systems (GIS) maps, interviews, field trips, etc. that will help showcase our engagement with our community partners and the larger public.
2) This position will involve: archival research, digitizing historical documents and maps, cataloging and contextualizing archaeological artifacts, and database management.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jarré 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

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

Open (4) Title: Queretaro Anthropological History Database Project

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Enter your application on the web beginning August 19th. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 31st at 9 AM.

The Queretaro Anthropolgoical History Database in an outcome of over eight months of archival research in local and state archives in Queretaro, Mexico. All together, the database comprises thousands of original source materials overlapping three major periods in Mexican sociopolitical history including 1) the Porfiriato (1876-1910), the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917) and the Post-Revolution (1917-1940). This project may be of interest to undergraduate's interested in 20th century Latin American history, Spanish language and culture, historical research methods or digital humanities.

Undergraduates will identify and help translate informational content found in digital surrogates of original sources into data for subsequent analyses and interpretation. These tasks, from descending order, include data entry, geographic classification and record linking. In so doing, participants in this project will have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Latin American history through the examination of unstudied primary sources from early 20th century Mexico, improve their Spanish language skills in the process of turning information into data, develop a critical understanding of the complex relationship between original historical sources, information and data.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Mario Castillo, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Spanish language fluency is not required but undergraduate should at least have intermediate proficiency in Spanish. Patience, a willingness to collaborate and ability to seek assistance are also highly desirable since data entry can be monotonous and some original sources may be challenging to decipher because of style and physical condition.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

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