Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM)


The Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) is a joint endeavor between the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). CAAM offers laboratory and classroom facilities, materials, equipment, and expert personnel to teach and mentor Penn students in a range of scientific techniques crucial to archaeologists and other scholars as they seek to interpret the past in an interdisciplinary context that links the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Coming soon: more information on our experts, students, research, and resources.

Current Courses

The course offerings for the upcoming semester.

All Courses

Open to all Penn Students, CAAM courses are divided into three tiers: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Minor in Archaeological Science

The Minor in Archaeological Science consists of six course units. Of these six, four will be CAAM classes from introductory, intermediate and advanced levels; one must be an advanced class with an archaeological science research component (the capstone class); and one must be a class in the archaeology or culture of a relevant area.

Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Science

The Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Science is aimed at students who want to add a scientific approach and interdisciplinary perspective to their studies. The certificate is open to Penn students admitted and already enrolled in a graduate program (Master or Ph.D.). Students from any School or department can apply to the Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Science.