The Capitol Archaeological Institute

The Capitol Archaeological Institute aims to protect and preserve cultural heritage through advocacy programs and initiatives by utilizing the multitude of diplomatic and governmental resources in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition, the Capitol Archaeological Institute serves to offer an academic setting that provides unique opportunities for students, academics and professionals through lecture series, academic programs, and research opportunities.

Addressing the Recent Events in Egypt

The International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities (ICPEA) wishes to express its sorrow about the damage to Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art as a result of an act of cultural terrorism. We firmly condemn the bombing and the destruction it has caused to the world-renowned museum in Cairo and its thousands of priceless artifacts.  We stand ready to support the government and people of Egypt in any appropriate way as they work to protect, rebuild and restore these precious items.

We applaud the Ministry of Antiquities for taking swift and immediate action to rescue damaged artifacts and move towards their conservation. Additionally, we want to express our full support of the efforts of the Ministry and additional efforts to safeguard the antiquities during this time of turmoil. Egypt’s cultural heritage has already suffered many losses in recent years and this deplorable act has caused irrevocable damage to our common cultural heritage. Egypt’s heritage is part of the universal story of our shared humanity, and we stand in support of the Egyptian government’s efforts to protect these antiquities.

The ICPEA sends condolences to the people of Egypt for the tragic loss of life and great many injuries caused by terrorist attacks across Cairo. We also ask you to endorse this statement by distributing it as widely as possible, to let the world know that Egypt has your support as the government and people work to protect, preserve, interpret and steward a resource beyond value, Egypt’s cultural heritage

The 2013-2014 Lecture Season has begun! 

Check out our upcoming lectures calendar Here or visit our Upcoming Events Page under News and Events!






NEW! Book "The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction"

by CAI Director, Dr. Eric Cline now available!

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Check out these recent releases by our other talented CAI Archaeologists!

Roman Palmyra: Identity,

Community, and State Formation

By Andrew M. Smith




The Roman Marble Sculptures

from the Sanctuary of Pan at

Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel)

By Elise A. Friedland


Biblical Archaeology:

A Very Short Introduction

now available in

Audible Audio Edition!

By Eric H. Cline

Additional Reading Published by GWU

Anthropological Quarterly

Anthropological Quarterly features the highest quality peer-reviewed articles in ethnography and anthropological theory.  AQ is a forum for scholars within and outside the discipline of anthropology to add their voices to contemporary public debates.

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Mission Statement

The GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute is specifically designed to take advantage of the university’s location in the heart of Washington, DC, a setting with a unique gathering of resources unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The mission of the Institute includes:

  • Advancing archaeological research initiatives and cultural heritage development in the Middle East (including both Israel and Jordan), Greece, Italy, Egypt, China, Africa, and Mexico, in addition to elsewhere in the world, both on land and underwater;
  • Advocating for policies that will help preserve world heritage and promote heritage tourism;
  • Facilitating a global community of academics, politicians, diplomats, businesses, and the general public through lecture programs, field schools, museum exhibitions, visiting scholars, and other relevant initiatives; 
  • Creating unique opportunities for students, faculty, and patrons through relations and programs with universities and institutions in key countries worldwide;
  • Advancing the field through studies of the role of cultural and archaeological heritage in sustainable development and by practicing “green” archaeology on the Institute’s excavations;
  • Providing a high-level lecture series which takes advantage of our location in Washington, DC
  • Providing guided tours by the world’s leading archaeologists to domestic and international sites which link current affairs to past places and events;
  • Welcoming visiting scholars from prestigious universities and institutions, both domestic and international, for periods of several days to several months, including the possibility of a semester- or year-long fellowship;
  • Creating a space for exhibitions concerned with archaeology, including cutting-edge technology; and
  • Serving as a clearing house for notices of archaeological lectures and events in the greater Washington DC area.

Award-Winning Research and Teaching

Dr. Eric H. Cline was awarded the 2011-2012 Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence as a professor in the Classics, Anthropology, and History Departments.  This is his second Trachtenberg Prize; Dr. Cline is also a former winner of the Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship, he is this first and only recipient of both the Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship and the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, exhibiting his work as a testament of his dedication to both his students and the discipline of archaeology.  Congratulations to Eric Cline, the Winner of 2011-2012 Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence! 

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Meet the Institute Director

Dr. Eric Cline is an experienced field archaeologist, with 28 seasons of excavation and survey to his credit since 1980. His primary fields of study are the military history of the Mediterranean world from antiquity to present and the international connections between Greece, Egypt, and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age.