Archaeology provides students with a broad and rigorous introduction to the analysis of the material culture of past societies.

Castle in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Field Experiences

Integrates artifactual evidence

We would like to recognize that Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land is of great importance to the Ohlone people, and has been since time immemorial. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples.
Read more on the history of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.

Our Mission

The Stanford Archaeology Center is an interdisciplinary hub focused on innovative research and education in archaeology and heritage. We seek to understand the past and also the complex ways in which the archaeological past contributes to contemporary and future worlds. We work to redress the colonial foundations of archaeology through an enduring commitment to ethics and to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through dedicated lab facilities, workshops and lectures with distinguished scholars, opportunities for hands-on fieldwork and access to the Stanford University Archaeological Collection, the Center supports excellence in archaeological research and fosters dynamic links between scholars in disparate fields. 


Explore Our Program

Undergrad Program

Stanford's Archaeology Program provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the material remains of past societies.

Ruins in Mexico

Graduate Program

Graduate students participate in the Archaeology Program through their affiliate departments, from which they receive their Ph.D. degree.

Student surveying Greek argolid

Field Experiences

Our field experiences are an opportunity to participate in an active archaeological lab and dig research on campus and around the world! 


The Center hosts a variety of events including lunch club, workshops, and distinguished Lecturer Series.


Current news on our students, faculty, and the Center.

Students work on digital imaging


The Stanford University Archaeology Collections (SUAC) is a museum-style collection of archaeological, anthropological, and archival materials.


DateWednesday, May 22, 2024
Building 500, Archaeology Center
488 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Emily Hammer

News and Announcements

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Four Stanford academic community members have been awarded 2023-24 grants from the …

Krish Seetah

Seetah, an environmental archeologist, will be leading the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in En…

The new curator and assistant director of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections says th…

A humble lake in a Canadian suburb may soon become the symbolic starting point for a radical new…

Archaeology Faculty Bookshelf


Regional Economies in Action. Standardization of Transport Amphorae in the Roman and Byzantine Mediterranean

Justin Leidwanger, 2023
Climate Without Nature

Climate Without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene

Andrew Bauer, 2018

Archaeology of China: From the Paleolithic to the Early Bronze Age

Li Liu, 2012