Morrill and McGraw Halls at sunset
A long tradition of innovation and a legacy of leadership in the discipline

About Us

Cornell’s Department of Anthropology is one of the most respected programs in the world with a long tradition of innovation and a legacy of leadership in the discipline. The work of its faculty traces the human career from the emergence of the species to the contemporary global moment.

Representing human activity around the world

Anthropology collections in McGraw Hall


The Anthropology Collections include approximately 20,000 items representing human activity around the world from the Lower Paleolithic to the present. Archaeological and ethnographic materials are about equally represented.

Located in 150 McGraw Hall, part of the original University Museum, the Collections are primarily a teaching and research tool and are not open to the public but can be visited by appointment by individuals and groups. Classes of up to 20 students can easily arrange sessions in the Collections to work with particular materials; many items can be signed out by faculty for use in their classes when a full visit to the Collections is not warranted.  Click here for more information on the Anthropology Collections.

Professor Lori Khatchadourian with a student at a dig site

A long tradition of research and learning

The Cornell Department of Anthropology, as a separate entity, was formed in 1962. However, anthropology has been practiced at Cornell nearly from the founding of the university. 

The department history page details our rich past, including the first century, the Cornell totem pole and the cross-cultural methodology project.

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