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About Us

The Museum of Anthropological Archaeology is a research and collection museum within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. It is focused on the study of humanity's past. Since its founding in 1922, the Museum has been dedicated to research, teaching, and the curation of anthropological collections from around the globe. Today, the Museum's collections include more than three million archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, comparative specimens, and associated documentation derived from more than a century of scientific research conducted across the globe. The Museum’s curators, research staff, and associated graduate and undergraduate students conduct archaeological research in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Museum's mission integrates leading-edge research, teaching, and dissemination with collection care and curation.

For Prospective Students

If you are interested in applying to the Anthropology Department PhD Program for Anthropological Archaeology or learning more about the application process, information is available on the University of Michigan Department of Anthropology's website here. If you need information about fee waivers, specifically, please go here and also to FAQs here


We welcome applications from international prospective students. For specific guidance on international applications, visas, and life in Ann Arbor as an international student, try these links for prospective students and these links for incoming students maintained by the University of Michigan International Institute.