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Special Event

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Open House

May 12, 2018 | 12:00PM - 4:00PM

At 12pm Cotsen’s annual open house begins with two gallery talks in the Fowler:

Decoding textiles: the transmission of traditional knowledge with Dr. Sonali Gupta-agarwal
Archaeology and representation: empowering descendant communities through museum-based education with Dr. Stephen Acabado

The gallery talks will be followed at 1pm by a feasting forum in the Lenart Auditorium (A-Level) where three core members of the Cotsen Institute —Professors Elizabeth Carter, Alan Farahani, and Monica Smith—discuss the important social, religious and political roles of celebration and feasting. After their brief introductions, the panel will discuss this subject with the audience, an exchange of thought moderated by Prof. Willeke Wendrich, Director of the Institute.

After the forum, come explore our labs and interact with archaeologists from 2—4pm.  Visitors are encouraged to engage with faculty and graduate students, and learn about cutting-edge research informs our understanding of the past. No RSVP required. For more information, call 310.206.8931 or visit


Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day

Rideshare drop-off: 305 Royce Drive

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