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Archaeology Center Videos

Take a tour of our archaeology collections

introduction to Stanford University archaeology collections

What our collection has and where it comes from

This video is about the Stanford University Archaeology Collections. It introduces SUAC's collections and history.

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our work at Stanford Archaeology Collections and how to get involved

Our work and how to get involved

This video introduces SUAC's many research, teaching, and outreach activities and how to get involved in them. 

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Online Exhibits

Modeling Mesoamerica: Origins and Originality in a Teaching Collection

What happens when we consider models of Central American antiquities not as more or less authentic copies of something else but as cultural artifacts in their own right? We discover that their meaning depends as much on why they were made and collected as on the ancient originals they interpret.


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Women in the World: Gender and the Origins of Stanford's Anthropological Collections

When modern women of means traveled, their fascination with other cultures stocked museum collections and left a complex legacy.


In this biographical exhibit, you will meet 17 women who have influenced anthropology at Stanford since the 1880s. Only a few were professional anthropologists, but all of them were “anthropological,” with interests beyond their own cultures.  


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More Exhibits!

SUAC presents original, rotating exhibits of artifacts and photographs from our cultural heritage collections, spanning disciplines, periods, and global cultures.




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Trading Faces - Aspects of a 20th-century Northwest Coast Collections

Trading Faces Case 1: Crests

In this video, student curators discuss Case 1: CRESTS. Northwest Coast aesthetics are instantly recognizable through distinctive expressions of line, form, color, and subject, including iconic animal crests that belong to families and communities.  See video.

Trading Faces Case 2: Myths

In this video, student curators discuss Case 2: MYTHS. Northwest Coast tribes have many legends to help explain the world and their presence in it. These stories survive since time immemorial and inspire contemporary artists. See video.

Trading Faces Case 3: Materials

This video, student curators discuss Case 3: MATERIALS. The pieces in the Materials case present one facet of Kwakwaka’wakw artists’ connection to their environment through the masterful use of wood. See video.

Trading Faces Case 4: Meanings

In this video, student curators discuss Case 4: MEANINGS. The Meanings case features pieces created by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Doug Cranmer, an influential creator of the 'Namgis tribe who took these “rules” and bent them. See video.


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