Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology serves to complement the research mission
of the Cobb Institute by providing exhibits and related opportunities
for outreach education for the university community and the general public.
Its gallery principally displays artifacts related to the Native American
cultures of the Southeastern United States and the civilizations of the
ancient Middle East and Mediterranean regions. The most recent exhibits
have featured materials from the Institute's major on-going field
projects. These include displays of artifacts from excavations at Lyons
Bluff, a 14-15th century A.D. Mississippian period settlement site in
Oktibbeha County, MS; and from work at Tell Halif in southern Israel
where late 8th century B.C. Israelite period household remains were found.
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Named to honor Lois Dowdle Cobb the Museums holdings include a number of important collections of Middle Eastern artifacts. Among these are materials provided through donations in 1979 by Joseph M. Kemper of Washington, DC; between 1979 and 1984 by Mr. Lloyd Rapport, of Washington, DC: in 1986 by Ambassador Raymond L. Garthoff of Washington, DC; in 1991 by Mr. Gerald L. Dunham, of Burke, Virginia; and most recently, since 2002, by Dr. Theodore G. Grieder, of El Prado, New Mexico. The Museum also houses a significant collection of casts of ancient Near Eastern sculptures and panels which it holds on long term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Among these are replicas of the Code of Hammurabi, the Moabite Stone, the Black Obelisk of Shalmanezer III and the Rosetta Stone. In addition, the holdings include a significant collection of ancient coins assembled by the Institutes first director, E.J. Vardaman.
Displays of materials from the Southeastern United States are assembled from the Institute's substantial collections of curated materials and from excavations and work in progress. These include interpretive exhibits on pottery manufacture and the chronology of pottery and flint tool types, along with displays of faunal and environmental remains and other artifacts relating to the Native American inhabitants of the Southeastern United States prior to and following European contact.