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The Cobb Institute
of Archaeology is a research and service unit of the College of Arts &
Sciences of Mississippi State University.
It was founded in
1971 to promote archaeological research and education at Mississippi State
University related to the Middle Eastern origins of Western Civilization
and to the Indians of the South, particularly in Mississippi.
The Institute's facilities
house the Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology and its artifact collections.
The Institute also manages a separate facility for the curation of research
The Institute's staff hold formal cross-affiliations with the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures where they serve as teaching faculty.
are involved in a full range of archaeological research, including basic
cultural and historical investigations, field excavations, laboratory
analysis and report preparation, as well as cultural resource management
and public archaeology. The Institute works with businesses, municipalities,
state, federal and international agencies to assist them in complying
with antiquities regulations and with cultural resource and environmental
with academic departments the Institute provides a wide range of opportunities
for MSU undergraduate and graduate students to become engaged in archaeological
research and study activities. The Institute also provides assistantships
to students concentrating in archaeology in the Masters Program in Applied
Anthropology of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures.
The annual program of the Institute features public lectures, tours and workshops, and the staff is routinely engaged in on- and off-campus outreach activities.
Affiliated Academic Programs - Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures