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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CIAMS Workshop: Cornell Professor of Anthropology Adam Smith invites CIAMS faculty and members to critically discuss a chapter of his forthcoming book, The Political Machine: Assembling Sovereignty in the Bronze Age Caucasus (working title). The selected reading is “Chapter 1: On Assemblages and Machines”. Thurs Apr 30, 4:30 pm, Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw).

james_kus_4AIA Lecture: James Kus (Emeritus Professor, California State University), “What’s New at Machu Picchu,”  Thurs Apr 30, 6 pm, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall.  Since its discovery a century ago Machu Picchu has become the premier tourist attraction in Peru.  It was recently ranked as one the “Seven Wonders of the World” and is listed as a UNESCO “World Heritage Site.” Prof. Kus discusses two unresolved issues: 1) the future status of artifacts removed from Peru by Explorer and Yale Professor Hiram Bingham and 2) how best to protect the site in the face of ever increasing tourist numbers and competing commercial interests.

FrankelPosterNew Directions in Cypriot Archaeology, a conference organized by Cornell archaeologist and CIAMS Director Sturt Manning, met April 10-12. David Frankel (Professor Emeritus, La Trobe University), gave the keynote lecture, entitled “A Tale of Five Villages: Constructing Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus,” 4:30 Thurs, Apr 10, 2014, PSB 401. For details see blogs.cornell.edu/newdircyparch/


CIAMS Seminar: Philipp Stockhammer (Heidelberg University), “Appropriation and Use of Aegean Pottery in the LBA Southern Levant.” Thurs Mar 13, 4:30 pm, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. More on the speaker here...

RadioCIAMS: the podcast series of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS). In these podcasts we seek to probe the critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers. Latest podcasts here…

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