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by Marybeth Vita-Edwards last modified March 26, 2013 11:35 AM

otsen 40th

This year our Institute will celebrate its 40th Anniversary. For the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, forty years have seen tremendous change and growth, forming our own path, and moving the research into far corners of the world. We look with pride at our students that are now leaders in top universities in the world.  It started with a vision of few committed enthusiasts and resulted in the creation of a leading archaeological institution in the United States. Please join us and participate in the following events that celebrate those remarkable accomplishments.



Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Building

Giorgio Buccellati

Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Director, Mesopotamian Laboratory, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

The History of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology as a Research Paradigm

It is the privilege of academia that ideas should be deeply wedded with institutions. Establishing the Institute of Archaeology was, certainly, more than just adding another sector within the University structure. It was very much giving shape to an idea. The effort has remained unchanged, over the years. The talk will thus chronicle events in function of explaining how, through the Institute, we have all become better archaeologists.


 Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2013

 The Third Annual UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Graduate Student Conference
"Scalar Inquiries in Archaeology"

In conjunction with the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 40th Anniversary

Michael Dietler's lecture (title: TBD) will be held on *Friday, April 26,
at 4pm, in ROYCE HALL, Room 314* .

*The conference will continue on Saturday, April 27, in the State Rooms at
Kerckhoff Hall*, beginning at 9am. The conference will conclude at 5pm



 Saturday, April 27, 2013

 Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Building

 Conservation Students Conference


 Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation

 Annual Meeting (ANAGPIC)

ANAGPIC is the organization responsible for an annual program of

student as well as professional conservation lectures that provide an

opportunity for conservation students to both present and learn more

about current or highly topical research and practice in conservation.


The morning of April 27 will include a panel of conservation and

allied experts discussing the theme of "Conserving Communities".

Communities can be geographical, (for example being from the same city

or neighborhood), cultural (for example sharing the same ethnic,

tribal or religious group) or organizational (for example being from

the same family, profession or school).  For the purpose of this panel

discussion the term community will be used in a wide sense.


 2:15-5 pm  (registration at 2pm)

 Graduate Symposium for Students in Conservation and Preservation



 Student-led symposium for graduate students in conservation,

 preservation, and related fields. The symposium aims to encourage a

 conference of ideas, experiences, and observations between different fields

 engaged in the promotion and management of cultural properties, sites,

 materials, and values. The inaugural theme for this event is 'Two Steps Forward.'

 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Carolina Mallol, Junior Laureate of the Lloyd Cotsen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in World Archaeology

University of Laguna, Spain

Faculty of Geography and Early History


Sunday, April 28, 2013, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Bldg

Wep Waut in Westwood

Amarna In Depth, religious change and daily life in the city of Pharaoh Akhenaten.

What does Akhenaten look like online? Who were the scribes that translated and wrote the correspondence with the Near East? Should the bust of Nefertiti be returned to Egypt? These and many more questions will be discussed during this exciting afternoon of graduate and undergraduate presentations on our traditional annual lecture day.


Friday, May 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Building

Professor Ofer Bar-Yosef

Harvard University

Senior Laureate of the Cotsen Prize for Life-Time Achievement in World Archaeology

Origins of Agriculture in the Near East




Saturday, May 4, 2013, 1:00-4:00 pm

A level of Fowler Building

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Open House

Laboratories and Archives open to the public:

  • 1.      Anatolia Laboratory
  • 2.      Ceramic Analysis Laboratory   
  • 3.      Channel Island Laboratory
  • 4.      Children’s Activity Room
  • 5.      Classics Laboratory
  • 6.      Conservation Laboratory
  • 7.      Cotsen Publications
  • 8.      East Asia Laboratory
  • 9.      Egyptian Laboratory
  • 10.    Mediterranean Laboratory
  • 11.    Mesopotamia Laboratory
  • 12.    Moche Archive
  • 13.    Old Stone Age Laboratory
  • 14.    Rock Art Archive
  • 15.    South Asia Laboratory
  • 16.    Southwest Laboratory
  • 17.    Virtual Reality Demonstration  ???
  • 18.    Zooarchaeology Laboratory


2:30 pm Lenart Auditorium

Professor Colin Renfrew (Lord Renfrew of Kainsthorn)

 Disney Professor Emeritus of Archaeology and Emeritus Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research . Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Before religion: excavating the oldest maritime sanctuary in the world

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