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Ascher, Robert

Cornell Emeritus Professor
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Robert Ascher, professor of Anthropology, died on January 8th, 2014. Ascher began his career at Cornell in 1963 and was granted emeritus status in 2002.

Ascher distinguished himself early in his career by making important contributions that advanced the application of scientific methods to archaeology. His work on the use of ethnographic analogy and the design of archaeological experiments raised the standard for testing hypotheses about past human behavior and expanded the range of problems to which experimental methods could be applied.