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The Collections Analysis Collaborative (CAC) is a research and educational initiative focused on the development of a rich, historical understanding of nearly 600 objects from the ancient Mediterranean in the Menil Collection.

A unique collaboration between cultural and educational institutions, the project brings together affiliated students, art historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals to conduct object-based and provenance research and to identify innovative approaches to the issues of authenticity, cultural heritage preservation, and public display that shape the efficacy of museums’ permanent collections and prospective acquisitions.

The project will uphold ethical standards established by UNESCO, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).  By fostering ongoing, open dialogue between scholarly communities with diverse perspectives, the project aims to generate new models for proactive, dynamic collaboration in the world of antiquities collecting and collection maintenance.

This website is the primary point of access and distribution for collaborative research, which has only just begun.  The project is a long-term endeavor and the site will grow as work unfolds.  Check back in the coming months to see the Catalogue, Conversations and Observations pages as they fill out.

To read more about the mission, components, events and timeline of the CAC, please read our overview.


This initiative is sponsored by

Rice HRC    The Menil    Rice Art History Department

The Rice University Program in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations         The Rice University Arts Initiative Fund