The Archaeology Program was founded in 1967. Cornell is one of the few universities in the United States that offers a separate archaeology major in addition to its graduate program. The program also offers a new post doc in archaeology. Our faculty's specialties range from studies of early peoples to the historic 19th century, within the following departments and programs: American Indian studies, anthropology, classics, earth and atmospheric sciences, historic preservation, history of art and visual studies, landscape architecture, and Near Eastern studies. Archaeology at Cornell is particularly strong in the eastern Mediterranean area, and in the Americas (both pre- and post-Columbian). Some members of the program also are active participants in area studies programs, and faculty and students routinely work with other programs and departments. Faculty members are involved in long-term research projects in Cyprus, Greece, Honduras, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Turkey and in New York State.

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Joshua Oliver

Research Associate and Lab Manager, Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory


Oliver, J. S., Harley, G. L., & Maxwell, J. T. (2019). 2,500 years of hydroclimate variability in New Mexico, USA. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(8), 4432-4440.

Harley, G. L., Maxwell, J. T., Oliver, J. S., Holt, D. H., Bowman, J., & Sokolosky-Wixon, M. (2018). Precision dating and cultural history of the la pointe-krebs house (22ja526), pascagoula, mississippi, usa. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 20, 87-96.

Matheus, T. J., Maxwell, J. T., Oliver, J., Thornton, M., Hess, M., & Harley, G. L. (2017). A dendrochronological evaluation of three historic pioneer cabins at Spring Mill Village, Indiana. Dendrochronologia, 43, 12-19.

Anya Gruber

Visiting Fellow

Jillian Goldfarb

Associate Professor, Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Karod, M., S. Rubin, J.L. Goldfarb. “Synergistic Improvements in Energy Recovery and Bio-oil Quality through Integrated Thermochemical Valorization of Agro-industrial Waste of Varying Moisture Content.” Bioresource Technology. 2024, 394, 130173 

Pecchi, M., J.L. Goldfarb. “Sample preparation impacts chromatographic analysis of solvent-extracted secondary char resulting from hydrothermal carbonization.” ACS Fall 2023 National Meeting ENFL Division. August 2023. 

Hubble, A.H., B.A. Childs, M. Pecchi, H. Sudibyo, J.W. Tester, J.L. Goldfarb “Role of in situ (in contact with biomass) and ex situ (in contact with pyrolysis vapors) transition metal catalysts on pyrolysis of cherry pits.” Fuel. 2023, 352, 129062 

Gerdes, R.F., S.W. Manning, J.M. Regenstein, J.L. Goldfarb. “Investigating the Early History of Olive Oil Using Environmentally Relevant Replica Experiments Inspired by Biofuels Research.” ACS Fall 2022 National Meeting AGFD Division. August 2022. 

Ma, Q., K. Wang, H. Sudibyo, J.W. Tester, G. Huang, L. Han, J.L. Goldfarb. “Production of Upgraded Biocrude from Hydrothermal Liquefaction using Clays as in situ Catalysts.” Energy Conversion and Management. 2021, 247, 114764 

Goldfarb, J.L, G. Dou, M. Salari, M.W. Grinstaff. “Biomass-Based Fuels and Activated Carbon Electrode Materials: An Integrated Approach to Green Energy Systems.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 2017, 5, 3046-3054 

Schievano, A., F. Adani, L. Buessing, A. Botto, E.N. Casoliba, M. Rossoni, and J.L. Goldfarb. “An Integrated Biorefinery Concept for Olive Mill Waste Management: Supercritical CO2 Extraction and Energy Recovery.” Green Chemistry. 2015, 17, 2874-2887 

Casey Snyder

M.A. Student in Archaeology

Maggie Joyce

M.A. Student in Archaeology

Alexander Dorosin

M.A. Student in Archaeology

Emma Zilke

M.A. Student in Archaeology

Arnav Tandon

M.A. Student in Archaeology

Carson Riggs

Ph.D. Student in Classics

Marcela Goeller

M.A. Student in Archaeology

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