Stanford University


Our Goal

The Stanford Archaeology Center is an inter-disciplinary hub focused on innovative research and education in archaeology and heritage. Our goal is to share our passion for research by giving students a strong basis in the discipline and its ethical standards while providing the opportunity for diverse and open-minded inquiry in facing the challenges that confront archaeologists today. 



Crawford Lake shows humans started a new chapter in geologic time, scientists say

A humble lake in a Canadian suburb may soon become the symbolic starting point for a radical new chapter in Earth’s official history: the Anthropocene, or the age of humans. The Washington Post article

Danielle Raad digs in as the new curator of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections

The new curator and assistant director of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections says the pieces in her charge have something to offer all disciplines. Stanford Report Article


2023 SAA Binford Family Award for Teaching Scientific Reasoning in Archaeology

Stanford Archaeology Center and Anthropology Assistant Professor, Ayana Flewellen, has been named as the recipient of the 2023 SAA Binford Family Award for Teaching Scientific Reasoning in Archaeology for her outstanding contribution to the field.

2023 Schwarzman Scholars

PhD Candidate Yuyang Wang named Schwarzman Scholar. The 2023 Schwarzman Scholars program, provides a one-year, fully funded master’s degree in global affairs with a focus on leadership at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Stanford Report


Cultivating community through a California native plants garden

Students study the history and culture of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe by tending a native plants garden field project in a new teaching space near the Stanford Dish. Stanford Report.

Alcohol and Agriculture in Prehistoric East Asia: Interview with Professor Li Liu

Professor Li Liu talks about her recent research on the origins of brewing and alcohol. Listen to Podcast here!

Interdisciplinary course combining art, archaeology, and physics

Course encourages students to look at cultural heritage objects through the lens of science and quantitative reasoning. Instructors hope to inspire careers in art conservation and archaeological science. Stanford Report.

Bright Zao
Why Archaeology

There are many reasons why students select Archaeology as their Major.  Watch this short video and find out why Bright Zao, Class of 2016, decided to major in Archaeology. 

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Explore Our Program

Undergrad Program

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

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 Schools

Our field schools are an opportunity to participate in an active archaeological dig 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


We partner with local schools and organizations to bring archaeology to the community. 

Meaningful Research

Through outstanding and cutting-edge research carried out in its research laboratories, through its program of distinguished visiting scholars, workshops and public lecture programs, the Center aims to set new standards of multi- and interdisciplinary research in archaeology and related fields.  Learn what we have been digging up

Land Acknowledgement

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.