The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS) is the coordinating forum for archaeology activities at Cornell. Through a consortium of graduate students and faculty housed across five academic departments and two colleges at Cornell, CIAMS encourages research, interaction, and innovation in all areas of archaeology and material studies. It promotes and supports advanced training and research opportunities for graduate students in archaeology, integrating the different graduate fields at Cornell that offer degrees in archaeology and material studies. Undergraduate and graduate teaching in Archaeology are administered by CIAMS faculty affiliated with departments of Anthropology, Classics, History of Art, Landscape Architecture and Near Eastern Studies. More…
To promote research and education in archaeology and material studies through diverse theoretical, methodological, and historical approaches that inform the fundamental materiality of the human condition across time and space.
Areas of strength…
- Provide an expansive and integrated intellectual home for scholars engaged in archaeological research and related material studies from the social, humanistic, and physical sciences;
- Harness the theories and methods of archaeology to contribute to a broad conversation underway in the humanities and social sciences on materials and materiality;
- Offer educational programs that train graduate students in the multidisciplinary study of archaeology and the objects, landscapes, and bodies that make up our world;
- Encourage linkages among fields and institutions traditionally divided by distinct disciplinary perspectives in order to advance the common goal of illuminating the human condition, its past, and its material entanglements.