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

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.


The opening of the 2020-2021 academic year and the start of fall quarter 2020 is unlike any other new year. Classes have begun while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Most students are engaged in remote learning, while the faculty and staff work from home. Yet, as I lead through these turbulent times, I remain optimistic about the institute’s future. This disruption in “business as usual” is an opportunity for all the stakeholders in the Cotsen Institute to convene in a retreat (remotely) to jointly reimagine our vision for the future. An organizing committee consisting of faculty, students and staff is currently working with two external moderators specialized in running retreats remotely. The aim is to increase trust and allow open communication to draft a new strategic plan. The current mission and vision statements are outdated and recrafting these is one of the goals of the retreat.

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (CIoA) is dedicated to the creation, dissemination and conservation of archaeological knowledge and cultural heritage to explain human social interaction and strengthen the foundations of equality. Archaeology and conservation at UCLA strive to embrace indigenous and community-based endeavors in which multiple voices are heard and empowered.

At CIoA, we value differences as much as our shared culture. These differences are sources of strength, creativity and success. We strive to foster a climate of equity, diversity and inclusion in the learning and research environment. We aim to be the locus where critical digital data consideration takes place, focused on preservation of knowledge of the past, while defining with every step whose past we are actually discussing and whose past threatens to be forgotten.

New Books from the CIOA Press

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.