Hannah Lau


Phone: (415) 516-7491


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Education

B.A. Anthropology and History, University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Archaeology, University of California-Los Angeles

Areas of Interest

Zooarchaeology; archaeology of the Near East, Anatolia, and the Southern Caucasus; isotopic analyses; political economy and historical ecology; economic anthropology; emergent political complexity.

Profile

Hannah Lau grew up in San Francisco and received her B.A. in Anthropology and History, with a minor in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. She has participated in fieldwork in Israel, at Tell es-Safi/Gath; in Kenya, as part of the Laikipia Regional Survey Project; and at Oglanqala in Naxçivan, Azerbaijan. For her graduate studies, Hannah will work with Elizabeth Carter (Professor and Chair of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures). She is primarily interested in the study of faunal remains in the Near East and its implications for reconstructing political economy and historical ecology, and in landscape archaeology in the Near East.

Research

Faunal remains in the Near East and its implications for reconstructing political economy and historical ecology; landscape archaeology in the Near East 

Field Experience

Israel, at Tell es-Safi/Gath; in Kenya, as part of the Laikipia Regional Survey Project

Publications

2016 “The Power of the Images in the Boxer Codex and Cultural Convergence in Early Spanish Manila.” In Historical and Archaeological perspectives on Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-Pacific and the Pacific, edited by Maria Cruz Berrocal and Chenghwa Tsang. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (submitted)

Presentations

2014 Hannah Lau A Moveable Feast: Mobility, Coooperation and Emergent Political Complexity at Halaf Domuztepe. Talk presented at University of California Los Angeles's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology in Los Angeles, CA in May 2014

2013 Hannah Lau. From humble meals to the food of empire: exploring political complexity over time in the Ancient Near East through zooarchaeological data. Talk presented at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2013.

2012 Hannah Lau and Sarah Whitcher Kansa. Animal Management and Consumptive Strategies at Halaf Domuztepe: Implications for Political Economy and Social Complexity. Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting for the Society for American Archaeology.

Hannah Lau. Animal Management and Consumptive Strategies at Halaf Domuztepe: Implications for Political Economy and Social Complexity. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual University of California Los Angeles Archaeology Graduate Student Conference in Los Angeles, CA in 2012.

2010 Hannah Lau. Reading Between the Lines: Assessing Agropastoral Strategies of the Early Bronze Age in the Upper Khabur Basin. Paper presented at the American Schools ofOriental Research Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA in November 2010.

Awards

April 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant,  National Science Foundation

March 2013 ARISC Graduate Fellowship, American Research Institute of the Southern Caucasus

May 2011 University of California Los Angeles Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, University of California Los Angeles Graduate Division

May 2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship,  National Science Foundation

May 2009 Phi Beta Kappa, University of Pennsylvania

Advisors

Elizabeth Carter

Gregson Schachner

Monica L. Smith

Thomas Wake

Robert Englund