Hannah Lau

Phone: (415) 516-7491



C.Phil 2013 Archaeology, University of California-Los Angeles

MA 2011 Archaeology, University of California-Los Angeles

BA 2009 Anthropology and History, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Interest

Zooarchaeology; archaeology of the Near East, Anatolia, and the Southern Caucasus; isotopic analyses; political economy and historical ecology; economic anthropology; emergent political complexity


Stuart Campbell, Sarah Kansa, Rachel Bichener and Hannah Lau, 2014. \"Burying things: practices of cultural disposal at late Neolithic Domuztepe, southeast Turkey,\" in Remembering and Commemorating the Dead: Recent Contributions in Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Analysis from the Ancient Near East. Porter, Ben and Alexis Bouton, eds. University of Colorado Press, Boulder, pp. 27-60.

Ristvet, Lauren, Hilary Gopnik, Velli Bahshaliyev, Hannah Lau, Safar Asurov and Robert Bryant, 2012. \"On the Edge of Empire: 2008 and 2009 Excavations at Oglanqala, Azerbaijan.\" In American Journal of Archaeology, 116: 321-62.


2014 Hannah Lau A Moveable Feast: Mobility, Coooperation and Emergent Political Complexity at Halaf Domuztepe. Talk presented at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology in Los Angeles, CA in May 2014

2013 Hannah Lau. From humble meals to the food of empire: exploring political complexity over time in the Ancient Near East through zooarchaeological data. Talk presented at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2013.

2012 Hannah Lau and Sarah Whitcher Kansa. Animal Management and Consumptive Strategies at Halaf Domuztepe: Implications for Political Economy and Social Complexity. Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting for the Society for American Archaeology.

Hannah Lau. Animal Management and Consumptive Strategies at Halaf Domuztepe: Implications for Political Economy and Social Complexity. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual UCLA Archaeology Graduate Student Conference in Los Angeles, CA in 2012.

2010 Hannah Lau. Reading Between the Lines: Assessing Agropastoral Strategies of the Early Bronze Age in the Upper Khabur Basin. Paper presented at the American Schools ofOriental Research Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA in November 2010.


Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, April 2014

National Science FoundationAwarded to support work on my dissertation project. ARISC Graduate Fellowship, March 2013

American Research Institute of the Southern CaucasusAwarded for summer fieldwork in Azerbaijan, Summer 2013

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, May 2011

UCLA Graduate DivisionAwarded for summer fieldwork and Mentorship with Dr. Elizabeth Carter, Summer 2011

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, May 2010

National Science Foundation This grant was awarded to support three years of graduate education and research

Phi Beta Kappa, May 2009 University of Pennsylvania


Elizabeth Carter

Gregson Schachner

Monica L. Smith

Thomas Wake

Robert Englund