ELLEN PEARLSTEIN joins Yup’ik elder to discuss masks held in the Vatican

The lecture Yup’ik Masks at the Vatican; Indigenous American Heritage in European Museums will be streamed live via Zoom on October 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. This presentation will be by Ellen Pearlstein and Yup’ik elder Chuna McIntyre. Pearlstein is professor of Information Studies and the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Internship Coordinator, as well as a core faculty member of the Cotsen Institute. Her presentation reflects work conducted as a 2021 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.


Love Among the Ruins” in the Fall 2022 issue of UCLA Magazine and the September 2022 UCLA Newsroom release, tells the story of husband and wife archaeologists Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati. Giorgio Buccellati is professor emeritus of the departments of History as well as Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and the founding director of the Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, now the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, where he is currently director of the Mesopotamian Laboratory. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati is professor emerita of archaeology and art history at California State University–Los Angeles. Both are researchers affiliated with the Cotsen Institute.

JOHN PAPADOPOLOUS to discuss victory monuments on the Acropolis and Agora

John Papadopolous will discuss “Framing Victory: Salamis, the Athenian Acropolis and the Agora” at a meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America to be held September 25 at 2 p.m. at Concordia University in Irvine, California. Papadopoulos is professor in the department of Classics at UCLA and a core faculty member of the Cotsen Institute.

UCLA ranked #1 public university for sixth straight year

UCLA has been ranked the top public university for the sixth straight year by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” rankings.

PIPHAL HENG discusses Angkor Wat on BBC Radio 4

Piphal Heng, postdoctoral scholar at the Cotsen Institute and the Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia, was featured in a BBC Radio episode of In Our Time which focused on the Cambodian site of Angkor Wat. In Our Time is hosted by broadcaster, author, and parliamentarian Melvyn Bragg and focuses on “ideas, people and events that have shaped our world.” This was its first coverage of Angkor Wat. The program, which was aired in June, is now available as podcast here or through Apple podcasts.

STEPHEN ACABADO featured twice on Philippine news website

Rappler, a Philippine online news website, featured Stephen Acabado turning over Philippine archaeological specimens from the Fowler Museum at UCLA to the National Museum of the Philippines, represented by Director-General Jeremy Barns, on July 21, 2022. The specimens are believed to have been brought to the United States in the 1970s for scientific study. Acabado is associate professor of Anthropology at UCLA and chair of the Archaeology program at the Cotsen Institute. In an opinion piece published in Rappler on June 22, Acabado was co-author of an article with the title Archaeologists: Gatekeepers of authenticity?

ELLEN PEARLSTEIN presents her research in Europe

Ellen Pearlstein, professor in the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage and the Department of Information Studies, recently presented two invited lectures in Europe. On May 16, 2022, she addressed the president’s meeting of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Organizations at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on the subject: “The Future of Our Field is Social.”  On June 22, she discussed “Sustainability Tools in Cultural Heritage; Accessing a New Mindset” at a session of Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Rome, convened by Professor Sarah Nunberg of the Pratt Institute in New York and a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

WILLEKE WENDRICH co-organizes session for the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

Together with Annelou van Gijn of Leiden University (the Netherlands), Willeke Wendrich, director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, co-organizes a session for the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists to be held in Budapest, Hungary, August 13–September 3, 2022. This session, with the title Apprenticeship as Research Methodis part of the theme "Archaeologists and Archaeology Here and Now.”

JASON DE LEÓN quoted on impact of climate crisis on immigration

Jason De León, professor of Anthropology and core faculty member of the Cotsen Institute, discussed the relationship between the climate crisis and immigration in the July 6, 2022 issue of The Independent, a British newspaper.

JO ANNE VAN TILBURG keynote speaker at Leiden Conference

Jo Anne Van Tilburg gave the keynote lecture entitled "Here be Dragons: Archaeological Data and Rapanui Resilience" to open the Tenth International Conference on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the Pacific: Change and Resilience, June 18–24, 2022 at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Dr. Van Tilburg is director of the Rock Art Archive and associated researcher at the Cotsen Institute.

Van Tilburg’s lecture was attended by both the current and the previous Chilean ambassadors to the Netherlands. The latter undertook a ceremonial mission to present the Rapa Nui delegation a formal letter of apology from the Dutch government acknowledging that in 1722, Dutch visitors arrived as the first Europeans on the island and, upon landing, inadvertently killed about a dozen Rapanui people who peacefully greeted them. The letter of apology was accepted by Leo Pakarati on behalf of the community.

During the following archaeological session, Van Tilburg presented a paper entitled "Human Creativity and the Quantification of Objective Evidence” followed by a well-attended public lecture on "Rapa Nui: The Culture of Craft," which summed up and closed the conference.

The conference was attended by scholars from Europe and the Americas, including a delegation from Rapa Nui, which is still closed to visitors because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Documentaries by Rapanui filmmaker Leo Pakarati and others were screened during the conference.