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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 is part of the Stanford Archaeology Center, an interdisciplinary hub focused on innovative research and education in archaeology and heritage. We support the Center's mission to understand the past and also the complex ways in which the archaeological past contributes to contemporary and future worlds, providing a unique experience that fosters dynamic links between scholars in disparate fields through dedicated lab facilities, workshops and lectures with international scholars, opportunities for hands-on fieldwork, and access to the University’s Archaeological Collections.

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.

Stanford University is located on the ancestral territory of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, the successors of the historic and sovereign Band of Alameda County. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we work to acknowledge, honor, and make visible the university’s relationships to Ohlone and other Indigenous peoples connected with local lands and around the world.

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.