Welcome to CIAMS

The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS) coordinates archaeological activities at Cornell through a consortium of graduate students and faculty affiliated with departments of Anthropology, Classics, History of Art, Landscape Architecture and Near Eastern Studies. CIAMS encourages research, interaction, and innovation in all areas of archaeology and material studies, and provides undergraduate and graduate instruction through its affiliated departments. CIAMS promotes diverse theoretical, methodological, and historical approaches to archaeology that inform the fundamental materiality of the human condition across time and space. More about CIAMS …

What’s happening at CIAMS?

Zorn Standing on Hole-y Ground

NYSAA: Jeff Zorn (Cornell University), “Standing on Hole-y Ground: Storage Pits at Tell en-Naṣbeh and the Role of the State,” Thursday, March 5 2015 at 6:30 pm, 208 Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College. Tell en-Naṣbeh provides an example of settlement planning at a fortified, rural Israelite town. This talk explores whether the 60 or so pits inside the circuit wall represent private or public storage.

Cornell Anthropology and CIAMS present a dialogue, “Global Heritage in the 21st Century,” featuring Peter G. Gould (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) and Cornell alum Christina Luke (Boston University). Friday March 6 2015 at 3:30 pm in 165 McGraw Hall, free and open to the public. 

Bodiam castle

Anthropology Colloquium: Matthew Johnson (Northwestern U.),  “Understanding Bodiam Castle,” Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:30 to 5:00pm, 215 McGraw Hall. Professor Johnson is an archaeologist specializing in the complex societies of Britain and Europe, AD1200-1800. He will also be guest speaker for a RadioCIAMS podcast 

Perri picCIAMS Workshop: Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Perri Gerard-Little shares her work-in-progress, “A New Approach to Recursive Human-Landscape Relations in Iroquoia,” in open discussion. Tues Apr 7 at 12 noon in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). Her draft paper is available via email to cmonroe@cornell.edu a week in advance. 

RadioCIAMS: our podcast series, wherein we probe critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers. Latest podcasts here…

Sofaer podcast group