Columbia Center for Archaeology

At Columbia, archaeology is a multidisciplinary field practiced by faculty and students in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The Columbia Center for Archaeology (CCA) was established to take advantage of the diverse range of experience and expertise of Columbia faculty across multiple departments and bring together scholars and students interested in the archaeological study of the past, environmental history, materiality and the modern world, and heritage and museum studies, among other topics. 

At present, there are faculty with archaeological interests in the following departments or programs: Anthropology, Art History and Archaeology, Classical Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, History, Historic Preservation, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Moreover, students and faculty currently conduct or participate in field programs in the following locations: Argentina, Peru, the North American Southwest, New York City and the Northeast United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, China, and Madagascar. 

The CCA is fortunate to be located in a city with fantastic resources for archaeological research. We have close links with the Nan A. Rothschild Research Center of the New York City Archaeological Repository and our students often work with materials held at the Repository as part of their classes. Beyond the Repository, there are a range of city institutions at which students in particular programs may conduct research or work on internships.

The Center holds regular events, such as conferences, guest lectures, research seminars, student presentations, and informal social gatherings. We also coordinate information on Columbia archaeology courses, fieldwork opportunities, and the New York Archaeological Consortium. The CCA calendar of events lists all the archaeology-related events on campus organized by the various departments and programs at Columbia. 

Our offices are located on the ninth floor of Schermerhorn Extension, along with the CCA teaching lab, a microscope lab, a lecture/seminar room, computer facilities, and some faculty offices. Our rotating installation exhibit, The 9th Floor Case, is also located in this hallway.

For more information, please go to Center for Archaeology website.