Recorded Lectures and Book Talks

In addition to hosting a signature event in the fall, the LA Society is comprised of multiple lectures, gathering, and cultural initiatives that students and community are welcome to attend. Here we provide access to past events that were either hybrid or completely virtual:

AIA-LA Book Talk (11/29/22) Dr. Ken Seligson (CSU Dominguez Hills) “The Maya and Climate Change: Human-Environmental Relationships in the Classic Period Lowlands”

AIA-LA Book Talk (5/5/22) Dr. Jerry Moore (CSU Dominguez Hills) “A King’s Castle is His Home: Royal Architecture and Domestic Experience at Chan Chan, Peru”

AIA-LA Book Talk (4/27/22) Dr. John W.I. Lee (UC Santa Barbara) “The Firs Black Archaeologist: A Life of John Wesley Powell”

AIA-LA Book Talk (4/13/22) Dr. James Osborne (University of Chicago) “Uncooperative Nation-States: The Syro-Anatolian Culture Complex”

AIA-LA Book Talk (3/7/21) Dr. Paul Scotton (CSU Long Beach) “Imperial Cult, Imperial Power, and the Julian Basilica in Corinth”

AIA-LA Book Talk (1/18/21) Dr. Aaron Burke (UCLA) “Amorites and the Bronze Age Near East: Archaeological Study of Identity in the Long Term”

AIA-LA Book Talk (2/3/21) Dr. Owen Doonan (CSU Northridge) “Expedition to Ancient Sinope: News from Sinop Kale and Beyond”

AIA-LA Book Talk (1/14/21) Dr. Monica Smith (UCLA) “Cities and Nations, What’s the Connection? An Archaeological Perspective”



AIA-LA Book Talk (12/8/20) Dr. Alba Maza (AIA-LA) “Early Bronze Age Seafaring in the Aeolian Islands: Sicily and the Mystery of the Pignataro di Fuori Shipwreck”





Thessaloniki: A Metro-Polis through the Centuries

Sunday, November 17 at 3 PM UCLA, Royce 306 

Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.


Megan Perry

Beyond The Facades: Exploring The Dead At Petra, Jordan

October 19, 2019

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Fowler A222, UCLA

The mysterious Nabataeans, builders of the magnificent city of Petra, have long fascinated scholars and the public. Scant archaeological research and minimal textual sources have not clarified the shift from a primarily nomadic encampment in the late 4th century BC into a major capital city by the 1st century BC. Our understanding of Petra’s urban life recently has been transformed with the excavation of tombs within the ancient city. The human skeletal remains from these tombs have illuminated the origins of the city’s residents, their disease profiles, and what foods they relied on in this desert environment. This lecture demonstrates how Petra’s dead can inform what life was like in this ancient city.A description of the project and the works presented.


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