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?

uthara colloquiumANTH Colloquium: CIAMS post-doctoral fellow Uthara Suvrathan, “Complexity on the Periphery: Studying Regional Centers and Local Elite in Peninsular India (c. 1st to 18th c. CE).” Part of the Anthropology Colloquium series. Co-sponsored by CIAMS. Fri, Nov 21, 3:30 pm, 215 McGraw Hall. Free and open to the public.

Archaeo lunchArchaeology Lunch: The undergraduate Archaeology Program is hosting a pizza lunch for all those interested in archaeology at Cornell (minors, majors, faculty, etc.). Friday Dec. 5 at 1 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw Hall).

Ortakoy EskishehirCIAMS Workshop:
Cornell Assistant Professor of Art History Ben Anderson discusses his work in progress, “‘An alternative discourse’: local interpreters of antiquities in the Ottoman Empire,” in open forum/workshop. Bringing own lunch encouraged. Fri Nov 14 , 2014 at 12:00,  Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). 


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. Reception opening the exhibition, November 6 at 4:30 PM, Weinhold Chilled Water Plant (next to Toboggan Lodge). Special Classics-CIAMS reception Fri Nov 14, 4:30.

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