The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA is a premier research organization dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage.

October 19, 2023 - 4:00pm
October 20, 2023 - 10:00am

Archaeologists at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology are available to speak to K-12 students about their work in the field and answer questions about their areas of expertise.

Mental Health Resources



Hora ruit, tempus fuit, or (freely translated) time flies when you're having fun.

On July 3, 1973, four years after the establishment of the interdepartmental graduate program in archaeology, faculty in the social sciences and the humanities came together to emphasize the many things we have in common as archaeologists. The result, the Institute of Archaeology, was created 50 years ago and then, as now, is at the forefront of developments in archaeology and conservation. Named the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology in 2006, the premise remains the same: providing facilities for faculty, staff and students, and support for any of their initiatives that are worthwhile and innovative.

We are celebrating this golden anniversary in a world that has changed in many ways. Ecology, diversity and justice have increasingly become major considerations in our discipline, influencing how we do our field work, what our research questions are, and who we act as equal partners in academic endeavors.

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Online Access to CIOA Press Books

Greetings and best wishes from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press! We hope you are all well, and adjusting to the very challenging new ways we are all living and working. The nature of research and obtaining information has shifted rapidly to online resources, and to make our publications more accessible, we are in the process of uploading pdfs of nearly 100 CIoA Press books that can be read online through eScholarship.

Early Athens, Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology, The Construction of Value in the Ancient World and Maya Zooarchaeology are just a few of our titles either available now or soon to be added. Check back regularly to find the latest additions.

Some of the older titles are downloadable in pdf from the same site.