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The Cobb Institute of Archaeology was founded in 1971 and is a research and service unit of the College of Arts & Sciences of Mississippi State University.

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, on Buckner Lane.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Cobb Institute at Mississippi State University is to provide sponsorship and support for research, outreach and instructional programs related to the Middle Eastern origins of Western Civilization and to the Indians of the South, particularly in Mississippi.  Its efforts are to be directed to "the specific purposes of archaeological research, study, travel, excavations and explorations, publications and reports, and other similar uses or purposes." (Letter from Cully A. Cobb to President William Giles July 24, 1972)