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The Center for Archaeological Investigations (CAI) is the premiere archaeological research center in southern Illinois. Our research staff are focused on developing research projects that provide students with experiential learning opportunities to help prepare them for careers in archaeology and related fields. Since 1978, the CAI's research agenda has been recognized internationally for the contributions that our staff have made within the field of archaeology.

The CAI is committed to protecting and understanding the cultural patrimony of the Americas and to facilitating national and international archaeological research. To fulfill these goals, we have a C.O.R.E. Mission, which includes Curation, Outreach, Research, and Education.

  • Curation activities, which include the care and use of archaeological collections for research, student training, and public education.
  • Outreach, actively engaged with the local and regional community of amateur and professional archaeologists, students and educators alike.
  • Research, funded by grant and contract agencies.
  • Education, applied Training for students in field and laboratory methods, CRM legislation, curation, and more.