ADRIAN PRAETZELLIS - my little home on the web


photo of Adrian PraetzellisADRIAN PRAETZELLIS, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Director Emeritus, Anthropological Studies Center

Department of Anthropology
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, California
USA 94928

adrian DOT praetzellis AT sonoma DOT edu

Bienvenue ! Welcome !



...that I'm sort of semi-retired.

Which means I consult on ASC projects on an "as needed" basis. The best way to contact me is by email (see above).


My cool new-ish book!
Here's the cover of my latest effort. And, yes, I did the illustrations too.
The only reviewer on absolutely **hated** it. Check out his/her comments right here.
If you disagree, then tell the world. If you think it stucks, too... well, just keep your opinions to yourself!



My first archaeological experience was in the summer of 1969 when I spent six weeks shoveling gravel for Margaret "MUJ" and Tom Jones (and famous dog, Reject) at an Anglo Saxon site called Mucking. While still at school I worked summer holidays at the Roman site of Usk for Bill Manning, and learned the ancient art of baulk bashing from experts. In 1972, my professional career began when I started working full-time on Roman and medieval sites on the British archaeology circuit for organizations including the York Archaeological Trust, the Oxford Archaeology Unit (now Oxford Archaeology), and lots of others. Later, I worked on prehistoric and 18th-19th-century archaeological sites in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Great Basin, and California. At the urging of Jim Deetz, UC Berkeley eventually gave me a Ph.D. and now I won't give it back.

I started teaching archaeology at Sonoma State University in 1983 and was Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Studies Center, a University research institute, from 1992 to 2016. Click this link for a pdf of the gantzeh megillah (i.e., my vitae), admittedly a bit out of date.  Contact me for a more recent version.

Since the late 1970s, I have specialized in urban archaeology (both prehistoric and historical) and have been Principal Investigator for numerous archaeological research projects. Among these was the 1993-2004 Cypress/West Oakland project, one of the largest pieces of urban historical archaeology ever undertaken in the American West. I have written on the archaeology of African Americans, Chinese/Chinese Americans, and Jews in the American West amongst other stuff.

In 2013 I was appointed to the State Historical Resources Commission "...a nine-member State review board, appointed by the Governor, with responsibilities for the identification, registration, and preservation of California's cultural heritage." I'm interim chair of the Commission's Archaeological Resources Committee and Information Center Procedural Advisory Committee, which goes to show what happens when no one else is willing to take on the job.

Picture of a trowel



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