Backdirt: Annual Review, which began as a newsletter in 1973, is the magazine of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology that highlights the recent news, research and activities of the Institute. The CIoA Press publishes the annual magazine at the end of the year.

Our current and older issues can be downloaded from the links below.

Backdirt 2018

  • Read about celebrations and Lloyd Cotsen's legacy
  • Moche Festivals
  • Block-Printed Textiles Production in India
  • Cotsen student and alumni adventures outside of the Institute
  • And much more! download PDF

Backdirt 2017

  • Read about The Dragon Stones of Armenia
  • Museology and Egyptian Material Culture
  • Day in the Life of a Rural Indian Cowherd
  • Community Archaeology, Volunteerism and Collaboration
  • And much more! download PDF

Backdirt 2016

  • Read about the work conducted in the CIoA Labs
  • Cave Temples of Dunhuang
  • Egyptian Coffin Reuse
  • Using Stable Isotopes to Explore Ancient Wildebeest Biogeographies
  • And much more! download PDF

Backdirt 2015

  • Institute achievements in 2015
  • Extracting insights from the Southwest through computer modelings and large datasets
  • Reports from the field discuss coffin reuse in Egypt, community involvement in the Philippines and a mysterious line of holes in Peru
  • And much more! download PDF

Backdirt 2014

  • The Tin Problem Reconsidered: Recent Archaeometallurgical Research on the Anatolian Plateau
  • Exploring Ancient Pastoral Mobility through Stable Isotope Analysis: A Case Study from Kenya
  • And much more! download PDF

Backdirt 2013

  • 40th Anniversary Exclusive
  • From Clay to Milk in Mediterranean Prehistory: Tracking a Special Vessel
  • Looting: Another Phase in the Social History of a Pre-Hispanic Cemetery in Southern Peru
  • Reports from the field
  • And much more! download PDF