ADRIAN PRAETZELLIS - my little home on the web


photo of Adrian PraetzellisADRIAN PRAETZELLIS, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Director, Anthropological Studies Center

Department of Anthropology
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, California
USA 94928

adrian DOT praetzellis AT sonoma DOT edu

Bienvenue ! Welcome !



I am happy to announce that Dr. Tom Whitley has accepted the position of Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Studies Center. He will start his new job in August.

Dr. Whitley has a Ph.D. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Pittsburgh and specialties in GIS and probabilistic modeling, remote sensing, historical and prehistoric archaeology, and perishable artifact analysis. He has worked for the Zuni tribe and has many years in senior management in a CRM company, as well as serving as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the MA in Professional Archaeology at the University of Western Australia.

Welcome, Tom! You will like it here.

I will start the Faculty Early Retirement Program on 22 August 2016. I'll be at ASC part-time for one year after that, but I won't be taking on new graduate students between now and my FERP date except those whose thesis involves an ASC collection or project.

Want to organize a retirement celebration for me?

Do me a favor... and don't.  Sorry if this sounds grumpy, but I really, really _don't _want a retirement party or any other recognition (really). My ideal last day as a faculty human is simply to do my job, pack up my closet/office, and leave. That would feel good. Presumtuous? Maybe. But on the off-chance that anyone would want to organize such an event, thanks for the kind thought but...


Fall  Semester  2016

My academic calendar is empty and won't be filled! Most mornings over the summer will find me at ASC.

But I'm working half time these days so my schedule is unpredictable. Want to meet?

Send me an email and we'll set up an appointment.











Office hours are approximate and may change.
Office hours as above and by appointment.
Email me or phone for an appointment. It’s unwise just to turn up.
ASC is in the NE corner of campus, east of Lot H (phone 664-2820).


My cool new-ish book!
Here's the cover of my latest effort. And, yes, I did the illustrations too.
The first reviewer on hated it... Check out his/her comments here.



My first archaeological experience was six weeks shoveling gravel for the late Margaret "Mudge" Jones (and famous dog, Reject) at a Saxon site called Mucking in the summer of 1969. While still at school I worked summers at the Roman site of Usk for Bill Manning, and learned the ancient art of baulk bashing from experts. In 1972, my professional career began when I started working full-time on Roman and medieval sites on the British archaeology circuit at places like York and Winchester. Later, I worked on prehistoric and 18th-19th-century archaeological sites in Virginia, the Great Basin, and California. At the urging of Jim Deetz, UC Berkeley eventually gave me a Ph.D. and now I won't give it back.

Since the late 1970s, I have specialized in urban archaeology (both prehistoric and historical) and I have acted as Principal Investigator for numerous archaeological research projects. Among these was the 1993-2004 Cypress/West Oakland project, one of the largest pieces of urban historical archaeology ever undertaken in the American West. I have written on the archaeology of African Americans, Chinese/Chinese Americans, and Jews in the American West amongst other stuff.

In addition to teaching archaeology and cultural resources management at Sonoma State University, I'm Director of the Anthropological Studies Center, a University research institute.

Click this link for a pdf of the gantzeh megillah (i.e., my vitae).  While you're waiting for that click here for some photos of my grandaughter (quite a bit out of date -- she's 7 now). Such a shayna maidel!

In 2013 I was appointed to the State Historical Resources Commission "...a nine-member State review board, appointed by the Governor, with responsibilities for the identification, registration, and preservation of California's cultural heritage."

Picture of a trowel



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