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Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Open House

by Tyler Lawrence last modified January 23, 2013 08:22 AM
What Public Event
When May 12, 2012
from 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Where Fowler Museum Building, A level
Contact Name Helle Girey
Contact Email
Contact Phone (310) 825-0612
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May 12, 2012, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Fowler Building, A- Level

Join us in our annual behind the scenes tour of archaeology at UCLA. Visit the laboratories and archives where analysis and interpretations of archaeological sites in many parts of the world takes place, and talk with our archaeologists and our graduate students.

Featured Lecture:  Lenart Auditorium , 2 pm

The Apex of Mummification in Ancient Egypt

Professor Kara Cooney

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

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At the end of the 20th Dynasty, Egypt was hit with social and economic crisis, embalming techniques actually reached an apex. Twenty-first Dynasty corpses included lifelike false eyes, stuffed faces and limbs, and even makeup and hair extensions. The question is: Why did the ancient Egyptians focus their resources on creating such realistic mummies for their elite dead during economic recession?

Map of Labs and Archives

1. Lenart Auditorium

2. Virtual Reality Demonstration

3. Children’s Activity Room

5. Southwest Archaeology Laboratory

6. Egyptian Laboratory

7. Mesopotamia Laboratory

8. Anatolian Laboratory

9. Ceramics Analysis Research Group

10.  Zooarchaeology Laboratory

11. Rock Art Archive

12. South Asia Laboratory

13. East Asia Laboratory

14. Conservation Laboraaatory

15. Old Stone Age Laboratory

16. Mediterranean Laboratory

17. CIOA Publications

18. DVD Roon


Amphitheater area:

Paleoethnobotanical flotation machine demonstration

Flint knapping and firing of carnelian beads demonstration


Self guided tours of the Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Parking: $11 in Lot #4, Sunset and Westwood Blvd.


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