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Archaeological Curation Facility

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The Archaeological Curation Facility (ACF) houses historic and prehistoric archaeological collections from Northern California and adjacent regions. We provide long-term care for a wide range of archaeological materials, including artifacts, ecofacts, maps, photographs, and site records. In addition, the ACF provides a setting for students interested in archaeology to gain hands-on experience working with archaeological collections.

The ACF collections fall under the following themes:

  • Prehistory of the southern Sacramento, northern San Joaquin Valley, and Delta regions
  • Prehistory of the northern Sacramento Valley and southern Cascades region of California
  • 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

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) requires Federal agencies or any institution receiving Federal funding complete summaries (43 CFR 10.8) and inventories (43 CFR 10.9) for collections that include human remains, funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony, and to notify possible lineal descendants, culturally affiliated tribes, or Native Hawaiian Organizations. NAGPRA (25 USC 3002 Section 5) became Federal Law upon November 16th, 1990. Holdings which include Native American remains, funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony are subject to repatriation to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated tribes or Native Hawaiian Organizations.

California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) is committed to fulfilling the University’s responsibilities under NAGPRA. The staff at the Archaeological Curation Facility is actively inventorying collections, consulting with tribal representatives, and other tasks necessary under the law to repatriate ancestral remains to descendant communities.

For more information regarding NAGPRA, please visit the National NAGPRA website.

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Research Requests 

The Archaeological Curation Facility (ACF) houses historic and prehistoric archaeological collections from Northern California and adjacent regions that are available for research by professional archaeologists, faculty, students, and other qualified individuals. A list of collections and their constituents is available on request. Individuals interested in accessing ACF collections must complete the Research Request Form. All research requests must reviewed by the CSUS Collections Committee. The ACF does not permit research on human remains, funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony without explicit permission from descendent communities.

Research Request Form

 Archaeological Curation Facility Staff
Jacob Fisher, Director jlfisher@csus.edu
Karen Dively, Collections Manager karen.dively@csus.edu
Sarah Eckhardt, NAGRPA Coordinator sarah.eckhardt@csus.edu
Tya Ates, NAGRPA Assistant t.ates@csus.edu