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Thursday, December 15, 2016

UCLA Extension and Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Partner to Host Series With Leading Researchers Beginning Saturday, January 14, 2017
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LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - December 15, 2016) - Cutting Edge Archaeology is a ten-week lecture series beginning in January featuring archaeological experts discussing their research on different regions of the world. It is jointly presented by UCLA Extension and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, which houses the country's highest-ranking archaeology programs.

From Peru to Greece, guest researchers highlight major investigations and new discoveries, share deeper understandings of human behavior, and explain the latest technological tools used in archaeology, as a deeper and more nuanced story of civilizations unfold. This is the second year of the successful series.

Cutting Edge Archaeology is led and moderated by Dr. Alan Farahani, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. Farahani specializes in the study of ancient agriculture and politics. His areas of interest are paleo-ethnobotany, historic southwest Asia and eastern Mediterranean, ancient agriculture, data analysis and visualization, environmental archaeology, and historical ecology, long-term socio-ecological change and political dynamics.

These leading researchers are scheduled to lecture:

Hans Barnard who is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures as well as assistant researcher at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology;

Kara Cooney, Egyptologist, archaeologist, associate professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures at UCLA;

Anneke Janzen, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She is an expert in the analysis of archaeological animal remains, stable isotope geochemistry, and works on issues of agro-pastoralism in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lothar von Falkenhausen, professor, department of Art History and associate director, Cotsen Institute. Since 1999, Professor von Falkenhausen has served as the American co-PI of the ongoing UCLA-Peking University Joint Project on Landscape Archaeology and Ancient Salt Production in the Sichuan Region;

Charles "Chip" Stanish, professor of Anthropology at UCLA and director of the Cotsen Institute from 2001 to 2016. Stanish has worked extensively in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, conducting archaeological research on the prehistoric societies of the region;

Willeke Wendrich, professor of Egyptian Archaeology & Digital Humanities. She is the Joan Silsbee Chair of African Cultural Archaeology, director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology.

Cutting Edge Archaeology begins on Saturday, January 14, 2017, and the series fee is $198. To enroll, click here. For more information, call April Michelle Enriquez at 310-825-7093 or

About UCLA Extension
UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). We offer courses evenings and weekends in Westwood and Downtown LA, plus online classes available around the globe. Courses range from business, arts, engineering and IT to entertainment studies, public policy, public health, humanities and more. Explore at

About Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA is a premier research organization dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage. The Cotsen Institute is home to both the Interdepartmental Archaeology Program and the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation. It provides a forum for innovative faculty research, graduate education, and public programs at UCLA in an effort to positively impact the academic, local and global communities. The Cotsen Institute is at the forefront of archaeological research, education, conservation and publication and is an active contributor to interdisciplinary research at UCLA.

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