The GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute benefits from its proximity to, and contacts with:
- Foreign embassies from around the world;
- National government agencies and departments such as the National Park Service, the FBI, the Department of the Navy, and the State Department;
- International development agencies and NGOs such as the World Bank;
- Cultural institutions and museums including the Smithsonian, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Library of Congress;
- Headquarters for major exploratory bodies like the National Geographical Society;
- National and international TV and radio stations with broadcast studios.
Core faculty members of the Institute include GWU archaeologists and scholars who specialize in ancient Israel (Cline, Friedland); Egypt (Cline); Jordan (Smith, Friedland); Syria (Smith); China (Brooks); Africa (Braun, Brooks, Lubkemann); Mesoamerica (Blomster, Brown); Greece, Italy, and the Classical World (Cline, Friedland and Smith); North America and Northern Atlantic (Johnston, Cressey); and maritime archaeology (Lubkemann).
Thematically, our specializations range from Late Bronze Age trade to urbanism, the study of human origins, and the archaeology of the slave trade and globalization.
Our GWU archaeologists currently direct, or are involved in, excavations in Israel, Jordan, China, Africa, Mexico, Belize, and North America.