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Mission

Christina J. Hodge, Academic Curator & Collections Manager, leads Stanford gradaute students on a tour of collections (2016).

Christina J. Hodge, Academic Curator & Collections Manager, leads Stanford gradaute students on a tour of collections (2016). 

Courtesy Gesualdo Busacca

Connections through Collections

The Stanford University Archaeology Collections is Stanford's home for hands-on artifact study.

SUAC's mission is to support the Stanford Archaeology Center by promoting understanding and appreciation of world cultures, past, present, and future, through the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the global record of material culture in an ethical and lawful manner. The Stanford Archaeology Center is an interdisciplinary hub focused on innovative research and education in archaeology and heritage, fostering dynamic links between scholars in disparate fields.

SUAC advances Stanford’s role as a purposeful university by promoting socially engaged, collections-based scholarship as a core disciplinary competency and mode of interdisciplinary intellectual inquiry. We model best practices in the ethical stewardship of cultural heritage collections on campus and beyond. We create "connections through collections,” celebrating the power of material culture to inspire innovative thinking and bring people together.

For more information about the archaeological, ethnographic, and archival collections at the Stanford Archaeology Center, please contact us. We regret that we are only able to answer enquiries regarding material in or relating to Stanford's collections and are unable to perform object identifications or valuations.