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?

Kockik CouncilHouse_JemisonCabin_LetchworthCIAMS Workshop: 2014 CIAMS MA graduate Cynthia Kocik discusses her work-in-progress, “The Edges of Wood: Dendrochronological Analysis of Three Seneca Iroquois Log Structures at Letchworth State Park, New York,” in open seminar format. Draft will be circulated a week prior, so please come with questions and brown bag lunch if desired. Thurs Feb 5, 2015, 12 noon, LOL(125 McGraw Hall).


Cornell Art History ExhibitionFIRING the CANON! The Cornell Casts and Their Discontents. Explore the interactions that Cornell’s Greco-Roman casts collection have prompted during the university’s history. Weinhold Chilled Water Plant (next to Toboggan Lodge).


Second Archaeology Lunch posterArchaeology Lunch: The undergraduate Archaeology Program hosted a fantastic pizza lunch for all those interested in archaeology at Cornell (minors, majors, faculty, etc.). Friday Dec. 5 at 1 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab. The next ArchaeoLunch will meet in February.


hoffmannNYSAA Lecture: Nobel prize-winner Roald Hoffmann (Dept. Chemistry, Cornell) speaks on the topic “Protochemistries are a Bridge.“ Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 pm in Room 208 of Ithaca College’s Center for Natural Sciences. The talk is free and open to the public. 


CIAMS contest collage

Pursuing ‘the CAPPy’: the First Annual CIAMS Archaeological Photography Prize went to Eilis Monahan and her endearing image of a tired and tagged dig cat.

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