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About Us

In 2012 we launched the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS), a unique initiative that links archaeology and material studies through multidisciplinary collaboration among a wide range of departments and units.  The new Institute grows out of Cornell’s long-standing Archaeology Program.  Founded in 1967, the Archaeology Program is one of the few entities in the United States to offer both an undergraduate major and master’s degree in archaeology. We seek to combine theory and method, practice and analysis.

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Giving to CIAMS:

Archaeology has always depended on private and public philanthropy. You can support a variety of excavations, student research, and Cornell archaeology generally, with your tax deductible, charitable donation. Whether you’re a philanthropist, charity, parent or just concerned individual who wants to invest in the future of education and research while discovering the past, giving is easy by following this link: 

Please support CIAMS archaeology

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Alumni Spotlight: Karishma Bottari '19

A recent graduate of the Archaeology program, Karishma Bottari '19 says "thanks to the work of my professors, I've developed a robust understanding of both classical and North American archaeology, as well as my favorite lens of analysis, human osteology. The diversity of classes available has truly prepared me for a future in archaeology."

Click here to read more about Karishma, and explore the links below for profiles of other recent Archaeology alums: