CCSA projects address important issues that are part of contemporary discourse, transcend the past and present, and are well-suited to archaeological evidence. They also focus on questions that require an interdisciplinary approach, and answers that are persuasive beyond archaeology.
CCSA research emphasizes data integration over new data collection, and follows a research process known as collaborative synthesis. This approach brings together diverse and inclusive teams of researchers who forge strong interpersonal relationships through extended interaction, leading to products that none could produce on their own. Working groups meet both remotely and in-person over several years to accomplish their goals.