Working Groups

Andean Working Group

The Andean Working Group draws scholars from across Southern California to the UCLA campus for meetings focused on current research in Andean archaeology, art history, anthropology, and history.  Presentations made by local and international scholars are short (approximately 20 minutes) followed by an extended group discussions (40 minutes).  Stella Nair (Art History) is co founder and Faculty Mentor, and Louise Deglin (Art History) and Alba Menéndez Pereda (Archaeology) are co-organizers for the working group, please contact them for further information.

Architecture Working Group

The Architecture Working Group, housed in the Cotsen Institute’s Architecture Lab, brings together doctoral students from across campus who are working on Architectural history topics, ranging from design and construction studies, to larger critique of the built environment across time and space. The group meets for informal discussions, lecture presentations, shared readings, and workshops. The Architecture Working Group was founded by Stella Nair (Art History). Doctoral students interested in participating should contact AJ Meyer (Art History) for further information. 

Ceramics Research Group

The Ceramics Research Group is directed by Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett, Research Associate and Archaeology Program alumna. The group acts as an information center on ceramics and ceramic analysis, offering practical experience to students and researchers, and maintaining a dialogue among a large community of ceramic specialists at UCLA and in its surrounding areas.  The group holds at least one event per academic quarter attended by Cotsen Institute affiliates and interested parties from other colleges and universities. 

Digital Modeling Working Group

The Digital Modeling Working Group brings together scholars who integrate 3D modeling into their research in order to develop best practices for project workflow and how to annotate 3D models and share them across various platforms and native software. The group was established in 2017 by Dr. Kristine Tanton, Anthony Caldwell, and Deidre Brin. In July 2017 the group hosted a workshop focusing on metadata recommendations and methods for attaching, viewing, and sharing data for 3D models within native CAD-software and via relational databases. For more information about this workshop or to join the group, check out the group mailing list or email

Ethnoarchaeology Working Group

The Ethnoarchaeology Working Group proposes to conduct future workshop sessions and training relating to all aspects of ethnoarchaeology in different parts of the world. Members of the working group include:

Past working groups

Lithic Analysis Research Group

The Lithic Analysis Research Group (LARG) was directed by Jeanne Arnold, Professor of Anthropology. LARG shared a space with the Ceramic Research Group and several graduate students. Comparative collections of lithic materials were housed in storage units, and modest topical libraries and article files were maintained. The main goal of LARG was to assemble and maintain resources to assist with teaching the UCLA community about stone materials and stone tools. When resources allowed, LARG organized programs for Cotsen Institute affiliates, including field trips to quarry sites, workshops, or presentations.