Stanford University

SAC 20th Anniversary

Stanford Archaeology Center turns 20!

In 2001, a small group of faculty founded the Stanford Archaeology Center to create an interdisciplinary hub for collaboration and teaching among archaeologists across the Stanford campus. In those early years, the “Center” consisted of a small conference room that could barely hold a handful of faculty, one part-time staff member, and a fast-growing cohort of graduate students.

Students working with 3D models

Very quickly, the Stanford Archaeology Center became widely known as one of the leading archaeology education and research programs in the world. We are recognized especially for our cutting-edge theoretical pluralism, for our methodological innovation and empirical rigor, for our leadership in archaeological ethics, and for our collaborations with contemporary stakeholder communities. We study the past for the past’s own sake, and we study the past to engage with the conditions of the present.



To commemorate this milestone, the Stanford Archaeology Center will be holding a series of events and programs in Winter and Spring 2022! 

Stay tuned for updates!




Logo Competition

The Stanford Archaeology Center (SAC) is in search of a logo in honor of their 20th Anniversary! This contest is open to everyone at Stanford. The winning design will be used as the official logo for SAC’s 20th Anniversary. Click here for more information on how to submit an entry!

Please feel free to share the flyer too!