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Director: Ian Hodder (Anthropology)

Professors: Ian Hodder (Anthropology), Richard Klein (Anthropology), Mark Lewis (History, Asian Languages), Mike Moldowan (Geological and Environmental Sciences), Gail Mahood (Geological and Environmental Sciences), Lynn Meskell (Anthropology), Ian Morris (Classics, History), Amos Nur (Geophysics), Michael Shanks (Classics), Peter Vitousek (Biology)

Associate Professors: Jody Maxmin (Art and Art History, Classics), John Rick (Anthropology), Jennifer Trimble (Classics)

Assistant Professors: Doug Bird (Anthropology), Giovanna Ceserani (Classics), David DeGusta (Anthropology), Ian Robertson (Anthropology), Barbara Voss (Anthropology), Michael Wilcox (Anthropology)

Associated Staff: Neil Brodie (Director, Cultural Heritage Resource), Laura Jones (Campus Archaeologist), Lisa Newble (Collections Manager), Tom Seligman (Cantor Center)

Fellows: Patrick Hunt, Bill Rathje, James Truncer

Program Offices: Building 500, Main Quad

Mail Code: 94305-2170

Program Phone: (650) 723-5731

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Archaeology Program have the subject code ARCHLGY, and are listed in the "Archaeology [ARCHLGY] Courses" section of this bulletin.

Human beings and their ancestors have roamed the earth for at least five million years, but only invented writing five thousand years ago. And for most of the period since its invention, writing only tells us about small elite groups. Archaeology is the only discipline that gives direct access to the experiences of all members of all cultures, everywhere in the world. Stanford's Archaeology Program is unique in providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to the material remains of past societies, drawing in equal parts on the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

The program has three goals:

  1. To provide a broad and rigorous introduction to the analysis of the material culture of past societies, drawing on the questions and methods of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  2. To relate this analysis to the practice of archaeology in the contemporary world.
  3. To help each student achieve a high level of understanding through concentrated study of a particular research area.

The Archaeology curriculum draws on faculty from a wide range of University departments and schools. To complete the requirements for the major, students must take courses from the offerings of the program and from the listings of other University departments. The program culminates in a B.A. in Archaeology.

Archaeology majors are well prepared for advanced training in professional schools such as education, law, and journalism, and, depending on their choice of upper-division courses, graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

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