School of Social Sciences

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) has been conducting archaeological studies at Saddleback Ranch since 2013 with the generous support of Ned and Carol Spieker, with the main goal of the efforts to complete an archaeological survey of portions of the ranch considered sensitive for archaeological resources.  This additional funding will aide in the remaining acreage left to survey as well as process, analyze and archive data to produce site records.

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) will conduct on-call archaeological monitoring and/or facilitate tribal cultural monitoring throughout the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Bay Area District.  On-call monitoring may include providing tailgate style training to construction personnel, performing daily monitoring functions, and facilitating tribal cultural monitoring as necessary.

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) will continue efforts towards the repatriation of Native American human remains and associated funerary items, and if present, unassociated funerary objects, objects of cultural patrimony, and sacred objects (collectively referred to as cultural items) housed at ASC.

Through this cooperative agreement, the Northwest Information Center (NWIC) supports the fulfillment of the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) obligations by 1) gathering, managing, and providing access to the statewide inventory of historical resources within the NWIC’s 18 county region; 2) providing guidance in the use and interpretation of historical resources information: and 3) providing broad public education in support of cultural heritage preservation including internships and volunteer opportunities here at Sonoma State University. 

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) will conduct resources studies at Bouverie Preserve, Cypress Grove Preserve, Tom’s Point Preserve, and Martin Griffin Preserve in Sonoma and Marin counties. This project involves a cultural resources review and field study of each preserve and recordation of any resources identified.

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) will assist CALFIRE with archaeological, historical, or ethnographic research; archaeological records checks; correspondence with Native American tribes and other Native Americans; archaeological field inspections and surveys; site boundary definition and mapping work; project reviews; impact assessments; resource evaluation excavations; surface collections; site record preparation; development of recommendations for the protection and management of tribal-cultural, archaeological and historical resources; cultural resource monitoring; and preparatio

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) will conduct investigations and create an interpretive element of a Gold Rush-era mine camp named Jamison City located within Plumas-Eureka State Park, Plumas County. Studies will include archival research and archaeological field survey to document the vestiges of the site. The interpretive component will weave together the findings into a presentation using unspecified media. A brief movie or other digital production to enhance the museum is anticipated to tell the colorful story of the rough and tumble Jamison City.

This project is a three-year extension of the Anthropological Studies Center’s on-call contract with Caltrans District 4, Office of Environmental Maintenance, to provide professional and technical services in delivering maintenance projects with compliance needs involving cultural resource identification, evaluation, and mitigation.

Anthropological Studies Center will assist Placer County Resource Conservation District and CALFIRE with implementation of the Placer County Cooperative Fuel Break Project by conducting archaeological inventory of the project area located near Auburn, California. Pedestrian field survey combined with archival literature review will be carried out to identify sensitive cultural resources so that they may be protected during the project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.


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