Bookmark and Share


Archeology Talks 2022



July 19, 20 & 26
3–4 pm

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
2465 34th Avenue, Oakland

The Archaeology Research Facility Field School is a six-week program that offers archaeological experience required for students to pursue careers in archaeology. The program involves historical research, pre-excavation training, field-based data collection, and artifact analysis. Archaeological research takes place at Peralta Hacienda, a historical park in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, and once part of the larger Rancho San Antonio.

Our guiding research questions include:

  • What was the nature of 20th century occupation at Peralta Hacienda? 
  • Can we infer long-term cultural landscape changes at Peralta Hacienda as demonstrated by archaeological and historical evidence? 

Archaeological data collection focuses on the 20th century occupation of the site. This contemporary archaeology project utilizes a range of low-impact data collection methods including geophysical techniques, pedestrian survey and mapping, and targeted excavations of mid-20th century deposits. All phases of the project are guided by ethical archaeological stewardship principles, minimally impactful data collection procedures, and public engagement.

Throughout all stages of the project, students will be responsible for engaging with park visitors, park staff and K-12 students, neighborhood communities, and other stakeholders in the process of doing archaeology in the field and in the lab. Students will examine the ways that archaeology is used as a tool for public engagement and will engage in public archaeology themselves by designing their own public archaeology project at the end of the field school. The final presentations will be held at Peralta Hacienda on August 12th and are open to the public.


July 19, 20 & 26 
3–4 pm 

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park (in the Pavilion) 
2465 34th Avenue, Oakland 


July 19, 3–4 pm 

Kimberley Connor is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University where she is completing her dissertation 'From Immigrant to Settler: Diet in Nineteenth-Century British Institutions of Immigration.' As a food historian and historical archaeologist, Connor’s work combines material and archival approaches to food and dining in the past. Her research interests include recipes, cookbooks, identity production, immigration, and institutional foodways.

  • TITLE: The Archaeology of Food and Dining at Hyde Park Barracks Female Immigration Depot (1848-1887)

July 20, 3–4 pm 

David Torres-Rouff is Associate Professor; Chair, Department of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; and, Grey Roberts and Bette Wollstenhulme Presidential Chair in History at University of California, UC Merced. His work explores the connections between people and places in the United States during the 19th Century. He is the author of Before L.A.: Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781-1895 (Yale, 2013) and is currently working on two projects. One explores American Chinese spatial practices in 19th century California and another (West of Jim Crow) chronicles systems of segregation and exclusion in the US West during the 1800s. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • TITLE: Race and Ethnicity and the History of California

July 26, 3–4 pm
Chris Hoffman
has a PhD in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley where he studied prehistoric metallurgy in Mallorca, Spain. His dissertation combines scientific approaches to archaeometallurgy with social theories of technology and technique to discuss a full range of activities — including procurement, production, use, and deposition — in the spatial and cultural contexts where archaeologists found them. Chris is now working in higher education information technologies where he is applying his findings that technology is simultaneously cultural, historical, and political, as well as material.

  • TITLE: The Archaeology of Metals and Metallurgy

Join our E-newsletter     Links     Privacy     Terms and Conditions of Use     Sitemap        
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
© 2023 Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. All rights reserved.