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Annual Report

2012–2013 Annual Report (3.5 MB PDF)

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ASC DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT (2012–2013)


Dave FredricksonDr. David Fredrickson died in July last year. He was ASC’s founding director and one of most beloved characters of his generation in California archaeology.

Dave founded SSU’s Anthropology Department in 1967 and hired its first faculty members. Under his leadership and in spite of its small size, the archaeology program developed a national reputation for student research and scholarship. Dave was a gentle and kindly man who led by the example of his own commitment to research, his student family, and his music. The gatherings of musicians and intellectuals at Dave and Vera-Mae’s Berkeley home are legendary. His influence as a friend and mentor to a generation of California archaeologists is immeasurable.

Dave set up ASC in 1974 to help students get experience doing real research. And as we move into our 40th year of operation, Dave’s vision is still ASC’s driving force.

Grants and donations are growing areas of funding for ASC. Erica Gibson co-wrote a $47,000 National Park Service grant to work with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria on NAGPRA issues. Dana Shew received ASC’s first California Humanities Grant to support her work on the Bay Area Japanese flower industry. And ASC’s largest donation ever—$27,000—came about through the exemplary efforts of Mark Selverston. These funds were used to support ASC students and staff in our inventory at Saddleback Ranch.

Erica Gibson simultaneously became a grandmother and retired this year after many years as ASC’s Archaeology Lab Manager. Congratulations Erica!

Thanks to Sandra Massey who assembled this annual report with contributions by ASC staff.

Adrian Praetzellis
ASC Director