Faculty Labs

American Material Culture Laboratory

Houses extensive comparative collections and materials libraries for study of historical archaeological remains

Archaeological X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF) Laboratory 

Analysis of archaeological and source standard obsidian, other volcanic and sedimentary rocks, and ceramics, particularly focused on non-destructive analyses. (Offsite).

XRF Laboratory Website: http://www.swxrflab.net

Berkeley Disability Laboratory 

The Berkeley Disability Lab was formed as a nexus for disability research, media, and design in the Bay Area. It combines the functions of a purposefully-accessible and cross-disability inclusive makerspace, reseach lab, and teaching space.

Brain Evolution Laboratory

Research concerning the development and evolution of the human brain, and vertebrate brain evolution in general. The lab includes a large collection of diverse mammal brains used for histological analysis. Researchers in the lab are also engaged in fMRI and computer simulation research. 

California Archaeology Laboratory

Analysis of archaeological materials from sites in California, primarily from the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Central American Archaeology Laboratory

Study of archaeological materials on loan from Honduras and El Salvador.

East Asian Archaeology Laboratory

Research on pottery, stone tools, faunal and floral remains from the Sannai Maruyama site and other Jomon period cites (circa 5900-4300 b.p.) in northern Japan

Geoarchaeology and Southwest Asia Prehistory Laboratory

The Geo-SWAP Lab serves three main functions: a) artifacts analysis (especially lithics) from archaeological excavations conducted by Maher and her students, predominantly in Southwest Asia, b) geoarchaeological & micromorphological analysis of soils and sediments from archaeological sites in Southwest Asia, Asia and North America, and c) a space for conducting experimental archaeology (stone tool production) and the training of graduate and undergraduate students in lithic technology through an extensive archaeological and experimental teaching collection housed in this lab. 

McCown Archaeobotany Laboratory

All ranges of archaeological plant material, including wood, seeds, storage tissue, and microbotanical evidence is analyzed in the Archaeobotany Laboratory. The laboratory also is the repository of identified plant collections, mainly from western South America and California, with some from Mesoamerica and the Near East, with special emphasis on Zea mays and Chenopodium.

Skeletal Biology Laboratory

Research on health, disease, development, maintenance, and aging of the human and non-human primate skeleton from an evolutionary and biocultural perspective.

Zooarchaeology Laboratory

Our lab specializes in the analysis of faunal remains, and uses innovative approaches to identify taphonomic signatures on bone, allowing for the identification of a variety of activities associated with human-animal interactions and cuisine. We are also an experimental archaeology lab with diverse interests in the use of technology such as geophysics and modeling to not only better understand the past, but also better serve the research mandates of our community partners.  As a result, the Bear Bones Lab 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.