The Archaeological Collections Project (ACP) was a two-year undertaking initiated and directed by Professor Rita Wright with Dr. Jen Piro that began in May 2006 in order to seriously address the deteriorating condition of excavated materials stored in the Department of Anthropology. Drs. Bert Salwen and Howard Winters, faculty members in the department and now deceased, were well known archaeologists who researched the urban archaeology of New York City and the prehistory of New York State and Illinois, respectively. The collections were from field work they and their graduate students conducted including rescue operations, field schools and research projects. For anthropology majors at NYU, this hands-on project provided an introduction to archaeological methods and laboratory techniques, while exposing students to some ethical and legal responsibilities of researchers concerning the proper handling and ownership of artifacts.