Anthropology Collections to Host Open House during Reunion

June 7, 2016

Reunion Weekend, June 9-12, 2016, is around the corner and the Department of Anthropology is excited to host an Open House of their Collections from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on Friday, June 10.  Curator Frederic Gleach will be available to talk with guests and answer questions about the Anthropology Collections and their history at Cornell. Located in 150 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.

Guests can see objects from around the world and throughout the history of humanity, located in the original University Museum. Highlights include ceremonial masks of the Ndembu, from Zambia; Mississippian pottery from North America, c. 900–1500 AD; Pre-Columbian pottery and textiles from Peru; Paleolithic and Neolithic stone tools from Europe and Asia; and pieces from indigenous Australia and Amazonia, the Classical Greek, Egyptian, and Roman worlds, and other cultures.

In addition to the main Anthropology Collections located in 150 McGraw Hall, there is also an exhibit gallery in the first-floor hallway of McGraw Hall (accessible at any time) and an exhibit space in 215 McGraw (only accessible during regular office hours). The current exhibits are "In the Beginning..." in the hallway gallery, featuring some of the first objects acquired by the University Museum, and "Small Things Considered" in the 215 gallery, featuring small objects and how they can be understood.


Poster for anthropology open house event during reunion weekend