No Upcoming Events

New books

About Us

Cotsen Institute of ArchaeologyThe Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA is a premier research organization dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage. The Cotsen Institute is home to both the Interdepartmental Archaeology Program and the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation. It provides a forum for innovative faculty research, graduate education, and public programs at UCLA in an effort to impact positively the academic, local and global communities. The Cotsen Institute is at the forefront of archaeological research, education, conservation and publication and is an active contributor to interdisciplinary research at UCLA.

Message from the Director

Willeke WendrichWe start the new Academic Year with a freshly painted seminar room A222, the hub of our activities. From the weekly Wednesday pizza talks and Friday seminars to the Core Classes and any festivities that involve speakers, food and drink, this is where we live. At the beginning of the year I want to take the opportunity to look both back and forward. In the past year we paid tribute to Chip Stanish and Jeanne Arnold, who retired, and to Mr. Lloyd Cotsen, whom we will have to miss forever. The legacy of these three individuals is a strong, financially sound, archaeological research institute that has much to offer to its students, faculty, and staff. We have seen the (re-)establishment of the Early Agriculture/Paleoethnobotany Laboratory and the Digital Laboratory, which are both nuclei of research activity, involving not only graduate, but also undergraduate students. The Ceramic, Andean and Ethnoarchaeology working groups have had several meetings in which members presented their research. We had quite a few celebratory public events, including the award of the second triannual Cotsen Prize to Dr. Jane Buikstra, public lectures on Ethiopia, the Museo Egizio (Turin), Athenian Naval Bases and the annual Open House in collaboration with the Fowler Museum and, most importantly, the graduation of six of our students. Read more...