Department of Anthropology

Archaeology

Through the investigation of patterning in the material remains of past cultures, Archaeology attempts to understand and describe cultures not represented or underrepresented by the written record.

For those past cultures characterized by writing systems, archaeology provides the empirical evidence for comparison and verification of the historic record. The archaeology program is well represented by professional and highly qualified archaeologists.

The array of archaeology coursework offered reflects a deliberate attempt to provide a well-rounded education in archaeology, including theory, current issues in heritage preservation, temporal and regional foci, as well as lab and field expertise.

The anthropology program also offers a certificate in Cultural Resource Management which prepares individuals for careers in conservation, preservation, and management of heritage resources located on public and private lands. The department offers a Master of Arts in Anthropology. While the MA is in anthropology, many students emphasize archaeology and complete theses that address current archaeological issues, projects, and collections.

Labs and Facilities

Archaeological Research Program (ARP)
Archaeology Lab
Northeast Information Center (NEIC)

Faculty, Lecturers and Staff

Georgia Fox, PhD, RPA. AIC, Co-director of the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, Director of the Heritage Resources Conservation Laboratory (HRCL)
Email: gfox@csuchico.edu
Phone: (530) 898-5583

Rachel Hensler, Ph.D., Archaeology Lab Coordinator
Email: rhensler@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-4360

Matthew O’Brien, Ph.D, Director of the Archaeological Research Program (ARP)
Email: mjobrien@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-5696

Carly Whelan, Ph.D., Coordinator of the Northeast Information Center (NEIC)
Email: cwhelan2@csuchico.edu
Phone: (530) 898-4540