The UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology will be hosting an open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, in the UCLA Fowler building.

Archaeology is a field that is collaborative, with archaeological teams consisting of specialists from many disciplines. This interconnectedness is an integral part of a holistic understanding of the past.

During this open house, the Cotsen Institute collaborates with the Fowler to showcase the intersections between museum collections and interdisciplinary archaeological research through gallery talks and lectures. Featured will be:

  • Sonali Gupta-agarwal, a UCLA lecturer whose research focuses on practice theory, situated learning, and gesture and posture research;
  • Willeke Wendrich, professor of Egyptian archaeology and digital humanities in the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures;
  • and Monica Smith, anthropology professor at UCLA whose research focuses on urbanism, economic networks, consumption and material culture, food and comparative historical archaeology.

The archaeological labs will be open to the public, giving visitors the chance to explore how archaeologists work together on many different levels to contribute to an understanding of cultural heritage through community archaeology and interdisciplinary, cutting edge research.

The open house is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Questions? Call 310-209-8934. More information regarding the Cotsen Institute can be found online.