ASC specializes in assisting clients in complying with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act and National Historic Preservation Act, having completed hundreds of projects for private firms, cities, and state and federal agencies.
ASC offers the following research services:
ASC staff have a variety of experience in prehistoric, historical, and urban archaeology, ethnography, history, oral history, historical architecture, geoarchaeology, community outreach and education, and cultural resources legislation. On average, we produce over 50 technical reports a year, and make 23 professional presentations at state and national scholarly conferences.
Oral historians at the ASC have interviewed hundreds of individuals for a wide array of projects in urban and rural settings. Those interviewed came from diverse backgrounds, including Native Californians and Americans of African, Chinese, Japanese, and European descent. The topics have been equally diverse: occupational lore (from cowboys, miners, musicians, tenant farmers, railroad workers, and others), social networks, and memories of place.
Staff have also compiled family histories by combining genealogical research, taped and transcribed interviews with family members, family photographs, and archival records.
ASC is equipped and experienced to offer flotation services using a Model A Flot-Tech flotation machine, which can quickly and easily processes a large number of soil or sediments samples...(more)
ASC continues its compliance with the federally mandated Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)...(more)
ASC’s Collections Facility is one of the largest such facilities in northern California...(more)
ASC offers experience and skill in sorting, identification, and analysis of faunal and human skeletal material from both historic and prehistoric archaeological sites....(more)
Interpretive & Outreach Services:
The Office of Interpretive and Outreach Services brings archaeology, history, and the ethnography of the people of California — from the first Native American settlers to the industrial development of the San Francisco Bay area — to the general public through presentations to school groups, tours, museum displays, videos, and pamphlets...(more)