The ARC is a university-based research center operating within the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. Pursuant to University practice, our fiscal administrator for sponsored agreements is University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI), a campus 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit auxiliary organization. The purpose of the ARC is to facilitate faculty and student research via funding obtained from grants and contracts. The center brings together considerable individual and team experience in the management of cultural resources throughout California and the Great Basin. Professional expertise is offered in prehistoric archaeology generally, with specialization in paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, human osteology, and flaked and ground stone analysis; the ARC does not conduct major historical projects, but has limited expertise in that area.  Personnel include full-time faculty (Principal Investigators), full-time staff, and part-time student assistants.  Most of the staff members have worked together for many years on various surveys, evaluation, and data recovery programs, and as a team are intimately familiar with the prehistoric archaeology of the western United States, particularly California and the western Great Basin. Key ARC staff members have completed training in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Section 106 of historic preservation law. As a team, they have participated in many projects designed to evaluate sites and determine resource eligibility under California Register of Historical Places (CRHR) and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) criteria. Since the inception of the ARC in 1995, its staff has successfully completed numerous analytical, surface inventory, test excavation, and data recovery programs.


Located on the CSUS campus, the ARC facility assumes about 4200 sq ft of total space, including secure storage areas equipped to handle formal, interim curation of archaeological collections. Specific laboratories at the ARC are fully equipped for lithic, paleobotanical, and faunal analyses, complete with extensive comparative collections assembled jointly by the CSUS Anthropology Department and ARC staff. The ARC also operates an obsidian hydration dating laboratory, and houses a complete graphics/ GIS lab and extensive archaeological library.


The Principal Investigators and staff have considerable experience in California and the western Great Basin.  Key ARC research efforts have included survey and excavation for numerous federal and state agencies such as the US Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy; California Army National Guard; Bureau of Land Management (CA, NV); US Forest Service; California Department of Transportation (Caltrans); and California Department of Water Resources (DWR).  The ARC has also participated in the reassessment of existing museum collections.

Department of Anthropology ● California State University, Sacramento ● 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6106

Phone: (916) 278-5330 ● Fax: 278-4854 ● e-mail: arc@csus.edu