Archaeology conducts research, research training and graduate education on past human cultures – their behaviors, adaptations and material productions.  These studies are grounded in research collections of 1.5 million objects and associated data recovered from archaeological sites worldwide.  Research in Archaeology focuses on past cultures of the North American Great Plains, Central and South America and Europe.

Archaeology at a Glance

(past cultures)
Established: 1895
Collection Strengths: 1.5 million artifacts
Research Strengths:
Material culture studies of prehistoric and early historic peoples of the Great Plains, lithic and ceramic analysis, geoarchaeology and paleoethnobotany.
Curator(s):
Mary Adair 785.864.2675