Welcome to Cornell Collection of Antiquities

Cornell University owns several collections of antiquities – originals and reproductions – from the ancient Mediterranean. Acquired mostly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their primary purpose was to serve as hands-on material for teaching and research. Once housed in the ground floor of Goldwin Smith Hall, the University’s former Museum of Archaeology, they are now dispersed over several institutions, colleges, departments and buildings on campus. This website aims to reunite them again so that faculty, students and laypeople alike in Ithaca and beyond can discover these precious resources. The website is an ongoing project. So far, the collection of plaster casts and of ancient coins are being documented and catalogued. In the future, we hope to also make available the collection of squeezes of inscriptions and of photographs and lantern slides of ancient sites and objects.

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Casts | Coins