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? 

s200_steve.wernkeCIAMS Lecture: Steven Wernke (Anthropology, Vanderbilt U.), “Paradoxes of Place Production at a Planned Colonial Town in Highland Peru,” Thurs Mar 26 at 5 pm in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall.  Dr. Wernke studies community organization, landscape and religious transformation during prehispanic and colonial times in the Andes.

malpass south peruNYSAA Lecture: Michael A. Malpass (Anthropology, Ithaca College), “The Middle Horizon Site of Sonay: New Radiocarbon Dates (!) and Interpretations (?)”Thurs, Apr 2, 6:30 pm in room 208 of the Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College. 


Perri picCIAMS Workshop: Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Perri Gerard-Little shares her work-in-progress, “A New Approach to Recursive Human-Landscape Relations in Iroquoia,” in open discussion. Tues Apr 7 at 12 noon in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). Her draft paper is available via email to cmonroe@cornell.edu

DomdmulAIA Lecture: Gregory S. Aldrete (U. Wisconsin-Green Bay), ‘Hammers, Axes, Bulls, and Blood: Practical Aspects of Roman Animal SacrificeTues, Apr 7, 6:00 pm Goldwin Smith Hall Room G22. Reception to follow.


In response to recent heritage destructions by the Islamic State in northern Iraq, NES and CIAMS hosted a Brown bag lunch to on Thurs Mar 12, 2015 at 12:15, Landscapes and Objects Lab (125 McGraw). Islamic law expert Prof. David Powers helped us think through the intersection of Islam, iconoclasm, and the Islamic State. CIAMS Professors Adam Smith and Sturt Manning posted responses in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, and on CNN.com. 

pizza lunch fieldwork mar 15Archaeology Pizza Lunch/Fieldwork Info Session: Join archaeology students and faculty to eat free pizza and learn about fieldwork opportunities. Open to all interested students and faculty who want to share or learn about archaeolocial field experiences. The next pizza lunch will be in late April, in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall. 

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…

Sofaer podcast group