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?

oa2bpic2RadioCIAMS – Fotini Kondyli – On April 22, 2016 University of Virginia archaeologist Fotini Kondyli met a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss community in the rural landscapes of Byzantine Greece.


Artifacts - SillimanRadioCIAMS – Stephen Silliman – On March 25, 2016 UMass Boston archaeologist Stephen Silliman joined a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss entanglement and hybridity in archaeology.


EilisColloseumCongratulations to Cornell doctoral candidate Eilis Monahan (Near Eastern Studies) for winning an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant for work in Cyprus! Her project is entitled “Enclosure and Exclusion: Fortifications and the Disciplinary Landscape in the Transition to the Late Bronze Age on Cyprus.”

imperial matterCIAMS professor Lori Khatchadourian’s new bookImperial Matter: Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of Empires, has just been published and is available for purchase. Congratulations, Prof. Khatchadourian, on an outstanding achievement!

Students in Prof. Lori Khatchadourian’s Ceramics class tried their hand at pottery-making in The Clay House studio in Ithaca to better understand the processes of ceramic production. Link opens to an article by the Cornell Chronicle.


Lori Khatchadourian and Adam SmithCongratulations to CIAMS professors Lori Khatchadourian and Adam Smith for winning an NSF grant for their project “Collaborative Research: Fortifications and Long-Term Political Process in Bronze and Iron Age Southern Caucasia”!


Kathy 2010Congratulations to CIAMS professor Kathy Gleason, who was recently named a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. in the Garden and Landscape Studies Program!


Khaled al-As'ad

In the news: CIAMS professor Sturt Manning on why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra’s History. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has recently released a statement on the murder of Khaled al-As’ad, the retired chief of antiquities for Palmyra. ISIS increases the destruction of Syrian archaeological sites.

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…