Willeke Z. Wendrich

Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC); Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

NELC Home Page

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Phone: (310) 206-1496
Fax: (310) 206-4723

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Ph.D., Leiden University, 1999

Areas of Interest

Social context of crafts organization and specialization, ethnoarchaeology, practical use of symbolic space, visual archaeology and the study of regionality versus long distance contacts.


Since 2002 field work concentrates on the Fayum oasis, a cooperation between UCLA and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG). Through a regional and diachronic study of the settlement patterns, water and field systems the project sets out to understand the development of agriculture and its role in sustenance and political power play. In conjunction with the field seasons the UCLA/RUG team teaches field schools for the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. This project followed eight years of field work at the Greco-Roman harbor town of Berenike. 


Fayum Project 

Berenike Project 

Ancient Apprenticeship 

Mobile People 

Egyptology at UCLA 

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures