What's New at the ASC

David A. Fredrickson
(1927 – 2012)
In memoriam


Growing a Community:
Pioneers of the Japanese American Floral Industry

An oral history project focused on the Japanese American nursery families in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Life Force

Archaeological Commentary

from Michael Newland as told to Perspectives, KQED Public Radio



Nearly Neighbors
Archaeological Investigations for the High Street Seismic Retrofit Project

Historical Archaeology at High Street, Oakland, California

sonoma historic artifact research database

A system to catalog artifacts from mid‐19th to early‐20th‐century archaeological sites.



The Anthropological Studies Center has been assisting environmental firms, non-profit organizations, private property owners, and government agency clients with archaeological sites, Native American concerns, and historic buildings since 1974.

Our deep working knowledge of state and federal regulations, coupled with solid scholarly research, has earned ASC and its staff numerous awards: the American Society of Civil Engineers Award of Merit (1999), the California Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation (1999), Society for California Archaeology’s (SCA) Thomas F. King Award in Cultural Resources Management (2003), the SCA’s Martin A. Baumhoff Special Achievement in Research Award (2006), and the SCA’s Harrington Award for preservation and public archaeology (2011).

ASC is led by Dr. Adrian Praetzellis, a practicing archaeologist with over 25 years experience. The organization’s large staff is managed by Mary Praetzellis, M.A., who is also a Registered Historian.

ASC has a core staff of 14 full-time and 20 part-time employees, including 8 Registered Professional Archaeologists and a Registered Professional Historian, among whom are historical and prehistoric archaeologists, an oral historian, a staff editor, an archaeological laboratory manager, field and lab technicians, as well as report production, computer graphics, and GIS specialists.

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