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2010 Backdirt

2010 Backdirt

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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 Cotsen Institute. The Cotsen Institute Press publishes the annual magazine each spring.

- The Sustainable Preservation Initiative
- Live and Times of H.B. Nicholson
- Risk and Agriculture in Ancient Anatolia
- Field School student reflections
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 Cotsen Institute. The Cotsen Institute Press publishes the annual magazine each spring.

- The Sustainable Preservation Initiative
- Live and Times of H.B. Nicholson
- Risk and Agriculture in Ancient Anatolia
- Field School student reflections

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1MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
The nation’s research universities anxiously awaited the publication of the once-in-a-decade doctoral program rankings by the National Research Council. For academics this is the equivalent of the Superbowl, World Cup, and Academy Awards combined. Equally important is that this is the first time that archaeology was ranked independent of allied disciplines such as Anthropology and Classics. We are pleased to inform you that the Archaeology Program at UCLA effectively ranked number one in the US by most objective readings of the data. The NRC, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, ranks doctoral programs about every decade. The last rankings were in 󰀱󰀹󰀹󰀵 and this report was long overdue. Unlike previous years, the NRC decided to have a much more complex ranking system involving two methods. Each method is not an ordinal ranking like the 󰀱󰀹󰀹󰀵 and earlier lists, but is a statistical probability using 󰀲󰀰 criteria ranging from publications per faculty to graduate student diversity. One system, the S or “survey” ranking, places UCLA as the undisputed number one doctoral program in the US, even with the statistical ranges presented for our peers. The R or “regression” ranking that involves some complex statistical manipulations, places us in the top tier of all programs, effectively tied with several others for the highest spot.What is important is that this is the first time that archaeology has been measured by the NRC rankings, and the Archaeology Program at UCLA ranks as one of the world’s best. Of course, we always suspected that we were outstanding, but it is nice to have the NRC confirm our own intuitions. We were delighted last year, for instance, when four archaeology students at UCLA won the most prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate student awards. We were the only program in the US to have so many in archaeology. The outstanding work of our staff and the excellent academic scholarship produced by our faculty, affiliated researchers and graduate students is cornerstone for this success, and as Director I promise to continue to support everyone who contributes to the Program and the Institute. We look forward to another great year at the Cotsen Institute. Please read and enjoy our latest edition of Backdirt and please find time to attend some of our many public programs in the near future. Charles Stanish Director, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
 
2BACKDIRT 2010
BACKDIRT
Director
Charles S. Stanish
Assistant Director
Gregory E. Areshian
Publications Coordinator
Eric Gardner
Editors
Carol LeybaShauna K. MecarteaEric Gardner
Design
Eric Gardner
For more information or to request a subscription, please contact the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at:󰀳󰀱󰀰-󰀸󰀲󰀵-󰀷󰀴󰀱󰀱 or email ioapubs@ucla.edu.Read Backdirt online at:www.ioa.ucla.edu/publications/backdirtCopyright © 󰀲󰀰󰀱󰀰 UC Regents
 Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
Cover Photo: The Sustainable Preservation Initiative helps local com-munities benefit from archaeological site preservation. Full story on page 󰀱󰀰. Photo by Charles Stanish.Special Thanks to
Shauna K. Mecartea
Assistant Director, CIOA, 󰀲󰀰󰀰󰀹-󰀲󰀰󰀱󰀰

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