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?

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The CIAMS faculty and staff wish all the best to Cornell students being graduated with Archaeology Majors and Master’s degrees in Spring 2015. Commencement is Sunday, May 24, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room.


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With the generous support of the Hirsch family, CIAMS has awarded over $15,000 for archaeology-related travel to Cornell undergraduates and graduates, and over $15,000 to graduate students for research projects, helping Cornell archaeology students work around the globe this summer, in New York, Belize, Italy, Georgia, Israel, Tunisia, and Cyprus. Good luck out there!

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CIAMS Lecture: Cornell Fulbright Scholar (Anthropology) Sergey Makhortykh, “The Scythians of the North Black Sea Region,” Wed April 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. Dr. Makhortykh explores the history and culture of the nomadic Scythians of Ukraine and their contacts with the outside world.

Etter teachingOutreach: Kudos to CIAMS students Bonnie Etter and Jennifer Carrington for their volunteer work at local middle schools. Both have been working through the organization GRASSHOPR to teach archaeology, and school teachers have responded by asking for more courses.



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…


Starting May 18, Congress is scheduled to debate a bill – America Competes Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) – which if it were to become law will cut NSF social sciences funding – including archaeology – by 45%, i.e. destroy its support from its already rather low level. Write your representative and voice your opposition here.