Frequently Asked Questions
Is the ACF open to the general public for tours?
Unlike museums that have exhibit space for the public, our curation facility is primarily oriented towards the preservation and conservation of archaeological remains. Collections are not generally available for viewing outside of formal research requests due to the limitations in staff time.
I would like to use collections stored at ACF for a research project. How can I gain access to the collections?
All research requests must reviewed by the CSUS Collections Committee. The research request form can be downloaded here. The ACF does not permit research on human remains, funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony without explicit permission from descendent communities.
Does the ACF accept volunteers?
The ACF accepts a limited number of student volunteers every semester. These volunteer positions help students gain relevant experience working with archaeological collections in a laboratory setting. Volunteer duties often entail assisting the collections manager by performing routine maintenance to the collections, archiving documents, photographing collections, and by providing aide for special projects. The volunteer application can be downloaded here.
How many collections has the ACF repatriated under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) (25 USC 3002 Section 5)?
As of November 2011, the ACF has repatriated three collections. We continue to update our inventories to tribes, consulting on collections, and submit the requisite documents to National NAGPRA to allow for the return of cultural objects and ancestral remains to their descendants. The ACF staff is primarily dedicated to actively addressing issues pertaining to NAGPRA.
Does the ACF loan collections for teaching or exhibits?
The ACF loans collections for research or exhibition. All temporary loans must be approved by the CSUS Collections Committee. The ACF also maintains an extensive teaching collection that is used by faculty for courses, and ACF personnel for public outreach presentations and tribal monitoring workshops. Please note that the ACF does not loan ancestral remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony.
I found human remains on my property. What should I do?
If you find human remains on your property, you should cease all work in the area, refrain from tampering with remains, and call your local county coroner immediately. A qualified medical examiner will need to examine the remains to rule out the possibility of a crime scene, and to identify the remains. If the remains are of Native descent, the California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) will contact the most likely descendant to inform them of the discovery, and seek advice on the treatment of the remains. For more information, please visit the NAHC website.
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