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?

In the news: CIAMS professor Sturt Manning wrote a piece for CNN entitled “How Hobby Lobby damaged history.” This op-ed details how the looting and illicit trade of artifacts destroys archaeological contexts and our knowledge about the past. (Link to external site.)


CIAMS students excavating in Cyprus had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative dendrochronology seminar run by our own Prof. Sturt Manning and Prof. Nikolas Bakirtzis of The Cyprus Institute. The seminar was held at the UNESCO-listed Church of the Holy Cross at Pelendri, Cyprus.

CIAMS alums do great things! CIAMS alumna Jennifer Cooper recently received a 2017 Self Graduate Fellowship to pursue a PhD at the University of Kansas. During her time as an undergraduate at Cornell, Jennifer received a Hirsch Undergraduate Travel Grant to excavate in the French Pyrenees. Link to external website.

The CIAMS MA Thesis Prize Winners for 2017 are Jessica Plant and Juliana van Roggen! The CIAMS MA Thesis Prize recognizes excellence and originality in research quality of writing, and it comes with a $250 cash award and recognition during the graduation ceremony.Congratulations to them both!

CIAMS would like to recognize our May 2017 graduates: Perri Gerard-Little (PhD, Anthropology); Yuan Fang, Jessica Plant, and Juliana van Roggen (CIAMS MA); and Elizabeth Martinson and Alessandra Rigamonti (Archaeology), as well as graduating Archaeology minors. Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors!

Congratulations to CIAMS student Amy Cromartie, who received an NSF Graduate REsearch Fellowship Program fellowship to support her research on the agricultural strategies of Armenian Bronze and Iron Age communities!


CIAMS members have been receiving a number of awards lately! We’d like to congratulate Gabby Borenstein, Liana Brent, Perri Gerard-Little, Kurt Jordan, and Kaja Tally-Schumacher on their outstanding achievements! Update (10 May 2017) – Additional congratulations to Sherene Baugher, Kathy Gleason, and Betty Hensellek are in order!

For the 2016/2017 academic year CIAMS granted a total of $37,877 in Hirsch travel and CIAMS research grant awards. These grants facilitate travel and archaeological field experience as well as enabling graduate students to undertake self-directed archaeological research projects.

CIAMS Lecture Series – Felipe Rojas – On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Felipe Rojas (Brown University) will present “Being Mountain in Anatolia.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall G22, with a reception to follow.


The 2017 Eurasian Archaeology Conference is now accepting paper submissions! Abstracts should address the conference theme “Gods on the Grasslands, Myths in the Mountains” or other topics in Eurasian archaeology. For full consideration, abstracts should be submitted by May 5, 2017. (Link to external website.)

Book Talk – Ananda Cohen-Aponte – On April 12, 2017, CIAMS professor Ananda Cohen-Aponte will be giving a “Chats in the Stacks” talk on her new book Heaven, Hell, and Everything in between: Murals of the Colonial Andes. The talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Olin Library 107.

CIAMS Workshop – Tobias Wild
– On March 27, 2017, Tobias Wild, a visiting exchange student from Freiburg, will present his work-in-progress “Visual representations of Hellenistic rulers in small scale statues” in open seminar format. The workshop will take place at 12 p.m. in McGraw 125.

CIAMS Lecture Series – Arnau Garcia – On March 23, 2017, Dr. Arnau Garcia (IEMA, SUNY Buffalo) will present “The shaping of agro-pastoral landscapes in mountainous regions. Study cases in the North-East of the Iberian Peninsula.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith Hall (G22), with a reception to follow.

RadioCIAMS – Fiona Kidd – On February 24, 2017, NYU Abu Dhabi archaeologist Fiona Kidd met with a panel of Cornell students and faculty to discuss wall painting and elite iconography at the site of Akchakhan-kala in modern-day


cohen suarez bookCIAMS Faculty Recent Publications: Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between: Murals of the Colonial Andes by Ananda Cohen Aponte. How Things Make History: The Roman Empire and its Terra Sigillata Pottery by Astrid van Oyen. PALMYRA 1885: The Wolfe Expedition and the Photographs of John Henry Haynes by Ben Anderson.

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…


public-speaker-clipart-1CIAMS Lectures: We bring archaeological practitioners from around the country and the world to share current approaches with our students. Latest lectures here…




CIAMS WorkshopsCornell graduate students and faculty discuss their works-in-progress with colleagues and students, lending insights into how archaeological research is conceived and disseminated. Latest workshops here…