Monday, August 17, 2015

Open Access Journal: Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

[First posted in AWOL 14 December 2010, updated 17 August 2015]

Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
ISSN: 2325-4904
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 each spring.
Our current and older issues can be downloaded from the links below.

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2014

2014 Issue

  • Recent awards and honors
  • The Tin Problem Reconsidered: Recent Archaeometallurgical Research on the Anatolian Plateau
  • Exploring Ancient Pastoral Mobility through Stable Isotope Analysis: A Case Study from Kenya
  • Prehistoric Urban Archaeology in the Americas: A View from Cusco, Peru
  • Researcher's Notebook
  • And much more! download PDF

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 20132013 Issue

  • Reminiscences of directors
  • 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



Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 20122012 Issue

  • Five featured articles
  • Ancient Maya Calendrics, Cosmology, and Creation
  • Reflections on past achievements
  • Reports from the field
  • Community conversation: interviews with Charles Steinmetz and James Mallory
  • Photo essay: Journals of an Armchair Archaeologist
  • And much more! download PDF


Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 20112011 Issue 

  • Record-Breaking Discoveries in Armenia
  • Lloyd Cotsen's Gift to the People of China
  • Reflections on the Life of Francois Bordes
  • Metallurgy and Ecological Change in the Ancient Near East
  • Death By Stoning: How Natural Diasasters Rock
  • The New Archaeological Travel Program of the Cotsen Institute
  • And much more! download PDF
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2010

2010 Issue

  • Saving Sites by Transforming Lives: The Sustainable Preservation Initiative
  • Live and Times of H.B. Nicholson
  • Risk and Agriculture in Ancient Anatolia
  • Dynamics in Colonial-era Bead Making on California's Channel Islands
  • Field School student reflections
  • And much more! download PDF

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2009

2009 Issue 

  • A Monumental Task on Easter Island
  • Archaeology of the Confucian Landscape
  • Exploring Opportunities in South America
  • Empires of Diversity in Ancient Iran
  • Metal and Landscape in Ancient Anatolia
  • New CIoA Press titles
  • Donor List
  • And much more! download PDF 

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Backdirt 2008

2008 Issue 

  • Returning to a Great Excavation of the Past: A New Joint Project in Armenia
  • The Mundane Extremes of Tarapaca: Northern Chile, 2007 Season
  • Cotsen Staff Chile Trip
  • Investigating a Forgotten Port: The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project
  • Life and Death at Domuztepe in the Sixth Millenium BC
  • And much more! download PDF
Additional Backdirts are available on Scribd and Academia.edu.
For questions regarding subscriptions and submissions, e-mail the CIoA Press.



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