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 available from cmonroe@cornell.edu a week prior, so you may come with questions and brown bag lunch if desired. Thurs Feb 5, 2015, 12:10 pm, Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw Hall).

NYSAA: Jennifer L Muller (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College) “Nineteenth century perceptions of morality and disability: impacts on mortuary context and pathology among the children of the Erie County Poorhouse cemetery (1851-1913), Thurs Feb 5, 6:30 at CNS 208, Ithaca College. 

fish pizzaCIAMS Reception: Come celebrate the new year and a new semester with fellow archaeology students and faculty. The now traditional pizza & sushi will be paired with locally obtained fine wines, cheeses, and fruit. Friday Feb 6 at 5 pm in the Art History Gallery (G08 Goldwin Smith Hall).



CIAMS Lecture: Elizabeth Robinson (Binghamton University) , “From Independent Town to Roman Municipium: the integration of Larinum into the Roman State,” Monday Feb 9  2015 at 5 pm in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. Dr. Robinson works primarily on the cultural and physical landscapes of Italy in the first millennium BCE and Roman interaction with other inhabitants of the peninsula. 


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 2014 at 1 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab. The next ArchaeoLunch will meet in February.


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