Archaeology Lab (CRAWL)

Archaeology Lab (CRAWL)


Cosumnes River Archaeological Working Lab (CRAWL)

The CRC Anthropology Program is pleased to announce a unique independent study opportunity for students interested in archaeology to work on artifacts from a historic site located in Old Sacramento. For a photographic tour of the lab and its work please view our photo album on Facebook. We are pleased to be participating in the CSI: Old Sacramento event sponsored by the Sacramento History Museum on June 1, 2016. Please check their website for details.


Project History

Between 1979 and 1983 CRC anthropology professor David Abrams conducted a field school with CRC students at the site of the former Enterprise Hotel in Old Sacramento.  Through their excavations and search of historical records Prof. Abrams and his students learned about the inhabitants of this Gold Rush-era site and their lives. Due to various constraints, however, the collection of artifacts, photos, and notes compiled from the excavation has not been properly analyzed or in some instances, even fully cataloged.

The collection is currently curated at California State Parks' State Archaeological Collections and Research Facility in Sacramento but parts of it are on loan to CRC's Anthropology Program. The collection includes a variety of artifacts including glass, ceramics, metal, personal grooming items, and animal bone among other things.

Student Opportunity

Under the supervision of Profs. Amanda Paskey and Anastasia Panagakos, students currently enrolled in college have the opportunity to work with this collection and learn the fundamentals of archaeological lab analysis through an independent study project (Anth 495). Over thirty students have participated in the lab since 2012 and many have moved on to four year universities, entered graduate studies in archaeology, and found employment in cultural resource management or other related fields.

Students interested in applying for this opportunity should consult the Jobs and Internships link. Students may also want to consult the CV Writing Workshop for tips on constructing a proper academic resume.