Lauren Conway

Class of 2022



Lauren Conway received her BA in anthropology on the archaeology track from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2018. She became interested in conservation as an undergraduate while excavating at Hadrian’s Villa, a large Roman archaeological complex near Tivoli, Italy. Lauren later participated in a Balkan Heritage Foundation workshop on the conservation of Greek and Roman pottery and Roman glass, reconstructing vessels from archaeological sites. She worked as an intern in the Columbia University Libraries Conservation Laboratory, the paintings laboratory at the New York Historical Society, the objects laboratory in the anthropology department of the American Museum of Natural History, and with a paper conservator in a private practice. Through these internships, she has encountered a wide range of objects, including carved mountain goat horn, nineteenth century oil paintings, and a book bound in a walnut shell. At the American Museum of Natural History, Lauren assisted the consultation of native advisors and treated small objects as part of the renovation of the Northwest Coast Hall in the museum. She also collaborated with the tribal council of Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico for her senior thesis, which centers on the reopening of the tribal museum. During her time at UCLA, Lauren hopes to continue working with indigenous communities and gain more experience performing onsite archaeological conservation.