Welcome to Cornell Collections of Antiquities

Welcome to the Cornell Collections 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. So far, the collection of plaster casts, ancient coins, gems, photographs and squeezes are being documented and catalogued.