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subject description and guidelines

  • Cornell University Library has strong holdings in the archaeological literature on most periods and places of past human cultures and civilizations. The collection scope described in this document covers only a subset of these holdings and only a portion of the overall field of archaeology, specifically: (1) general and theoretical works on historical archaeology, works on specific types of archaeology (e.g., environmental, social, industrial, underwater), archaeological techniques and methods, surveys of archaeological discoveries across two or more major geographical/cultural areas, and the history of archaeology; and (2) prehistoric and historical archaeology of the Greco-Roman world and ancient Near East. General and theoretical works on prehistoric archaeology are collected as part of the Anthropology subject collection. Information about holdings in and selection criteria for the archaeology of specific world regions can be found in the descriptions of the respective regional history or area studies collections.


  • Archaeology is an interdisciplinary field at Cornell. The Program in Archaeology awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Archaeology, with major concentrations in environmental archaeology, historical archaeology, Latin American archaeology, medieval archaeology, Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology, and Stone-age archaeology. The Program includes faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Asian Studies, City and Regional Planning, Classics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, History, History of Art and Visual Studies, Landscape Architecture, and Near Eastern Studies. The graduate field of History of Art, Archaeology, and Visual Studies offers a Ph.D. program in the History of Art and Archaeology; the concentration in Archaeology emphasizes Ancient, Near Eastern, Classical, and Southeast Asian art.