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Structure, Objectives, and Coordination | Mission | Awards | Staff


The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) is composed of the Cultural Resources Facility (CRF), the David A. Fredrickson Archaeological Collections Facility (ACF), and the Office of Interpretive and Outreach Services (IOS). The functions of these offices include:

  • The Cultural Resources Facility works on contract to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as for private organizations and individuals. It contributes to the cost of operating the

  • David A Fredrickson Archaeological Collections Facility, which houses archaeological materials from northern California as a public service and for scholarly research.

  • The Office of Interpretive and Outreach Services interprets archaeology, history, and the ethnography of native peoples of California to the general public by means of events, pamphlets, museum displays, videos, and presentations to school groups.


Education, Research, and Public Service

The Anthropological Studies Center undertakes activities that benefit the students of Sonoma State University, scholarship in the field of historic preservation, and the community at large. The Center fulfills its threefold mission in education, research, and public service by:

  • Creating the opportunity for SSU students to learn real-world skills in historic preservation through the Center’s professional apprenticeship program;

  • Maintaining an Archaeological Collections Facility in which hundreds of thousands of artifacts are available for students and scholars to study; and

  • Operating an Office of Interpretive and Outreach Services which provides the public with information about archaeology and historic preservation.


Our deep working knowledge of state and federal regulations, coupled with solid scholarly research, has earned the ASC and its staff numerous awards:

  • The California Preservation Foundation’s Preservation Design Award (2014)

  • The Society for California Archaeology’s (SCA) Harrington Award for preservation and public archaeology (2011)

  • SCA’s Martin A. Baumhoff Special Achievement in Research Award (2006)

  • SCA’s Thomas F. King Award in Cultural Resources Management (2003)

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers Award of Merit (1999)

  • The California Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation (1999 and 2016)



Key employees are listed on on separate page: ASC staff