The Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, sponsored by the Harvard Art Museums and Cornell University, has been excavating at Sardis since 1958. The site has yielded artifacts from the Lydian, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and other cultures. During the past 50 years more than 13,000 objects have been inventoried and many thousands more have been saved for future study.
The Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art (CTSMA) investigates the materials and issues associated with the making and conservation of modern works of art. CTSMA serves as a resource for conservators, scholars, and students by collecting, preserving, and presenting relevant research and materials, such as artists’ materials and interviews, documents related to conservation assessments and treatments, and ephemera associated with the creative process. It disseminates this information through teaching, lecturing, and publication.
The Archives collects, organizes, and preserves the institution’s historical documents and makes them available to students, scholars, and interested members of the international art community. Its mission is to document and promote knowledge and appreciation of the Art Museums’ history, programs, and goals, and the professional and personal accomplishments of its principals.
The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies provides analysis and treatments for the Harvard Art Museums’ more than 250,000 objects in all media, ranging in date from antiquity to the present, from Europe, North and South America, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.