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The Center for Archaeological Investigations (CAI) is an independent research unit located within the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Created in 1978 to undertake archaeological investigations previously supported to varying degrees by the Department of Anthropology and the University Museum, the CAI is a primary vehicle for conducting archaeological research at SIUC. We retain close ties to the Department of Anthropology and our projects provide research opportunities and employment more>>

SIU students at Field School

Field School

Each summer, the CAI in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology offers a course in archaeological field methods. This program offers full-time instruction...

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SIU students conducting research

Current Research

The Cherokee Trail of Tears (ToT) is associated with the forced removal of the Cherokee people of Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina...

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SIU students at Curation


The CAI currently curates archaeological collections from the American Midwest and Southwest, and offers courses and internships in collections management.

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