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Cobb Institute of Archaeology

The Cobb Institute of Archaeology is a research and service unit within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Institute's facilities include the Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology and its artifact collections, as well as multiple laboratories, classrooms, office space, and a library. The Institute also manages a separate facility for the curation of research collections and materials recovered from cultural resource management surveys. The Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology draws in nearly 2,000 visitors per year.

The Cobb Institute, working alongside other departments, is currently leading worldwide excavations all the way from Jackson, MS to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Cobb Institute offers MSU students invaluable hands-on work experience in cultural resource management, a service highly sought out by corporations, developers, government agencies and private citizens. The opportunity to perform real-life archeological work for clients all across the Southeastern U.S., combined with classroom education provided by the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures’ world renowned professors, is preparing MSU students to be the archeologists of the future.

Through your support, the Cobb Institute of Archaeology can continue to enhance the hands-on work experience along with many more opportunities for research and program development for faculty and students.