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Archaeological Curation Facility
The ACF collections fall under the following themes:
- Prehistory of the Sacramento Valley, northern San Joaquin Valley, southern Cascades and Delta regions
- Prehistory/ethnohistory of the central Sierra Nevada foothills and uplands
- Prehistory/ethnohistory of the southwestern Great Basin and northern Mojave Desert
- Selected mining and pioneer history of the Central Valley and adjacent regions of the Sierra foothills
Volunteering in the ACF
Each year the ACF accepts a limited number of volunteers giving them an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with archaeological collections. Duties include cataloging collections, completing inventory checks, retagging materials, writing site summaries, and identifying materials such as lithic types and faunal remains. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Application and return it to the Anthropology Main Office or by email to the Collections Manager.
Collections curated at the Archaeological Curation Facility (ACF) are available for research by professional archaeologists, faculty, students, and other qualified individuals. A list of collections is available on request. Individuals interested in accessing ACF collections must complete the Research Request Form. The ACF does not permit research on human remains, funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony without explicit permission from descendent communities.
The ACF accepts collections on a fee basis for curation from outside agencies. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Collections Manager and fill out the Accession Number Request Form. All requests are subject to approval by the Collections Committee.