Summer 2011 – Summer Course – Digital Documentation and Representation of Cultural Heritage

Anthropology 136e. Documenting, Representing, and Interpreting Cultural Heritage at the San Francisco Presidio: a 4-unit 6-week field and studio course that satisfies the methods requirement for the major in Anthropology at UC Berkeley.


Dates and Schedule: July 5 – August 12. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-12 and 1-4.

Location: The San Francisco Presidio Main Post.

Instructors: Dr. Michael Ashley and Professor Ruth Tringham (Anthropology, UCB and CoDA).  Contact:

The course focuses on real world challenges of documenting and interpreting cultural heritage. It focuses on tangible intangible heritage in the form of memories, knowledge, and skills of the past of the San Francisco Presidio.

The work day will be divided between seminar discussion on theoretical and comparative studies of heritage management, topical short lectures, group hands-on training and individual guidance to cover state-of-the-art methods for documenting and processing the heritage media, studio and field workshops on historic skills (intangible heritage), and brainstorming on student projects. Student outcomes include: skill and experience in one advanced technique of digital documentation of heritage sites and applied this to one of the interpretive projects,  and collaborate in a working plan for an interpretive  presentation of an everyday skill in practice during the earliest phases of the fort’s history as the 18th- mid19th century El Presidio de San Francisco.

UC Berkeley summer sessions courses are open to regular Berkeley students and to visitors from the surrounding community, other UC campuses, and colleges around the nation and the world.  Enroll at:.

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