Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies
The Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS) brings together scholarly research, education, and public outreach with a broad focus on heritage, identity, and community engagement. Our core is a group of Montclair State University faculty members from the departments of Anthropology, Classics & General Humanities, and Earth & Environmental Studies. On campus, we offer an interdisciplinary minor in archaeology that incorporates courses in these departments as well as several taught by the Art History faculty, and we sponsor two ongoing lecture series on archaeology and heritage studies. Off-campus, our work ranges from archaeological excavation to public programs for students and community to collaboration with museums and historical societies. Geographically, our current work takes place in three widely separated parts of the world: the New York-New Jersey area, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.