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?

Archaeo lunchThe Archaeology Program is hosting a pizza lunch for all those interested in archaeology at Cornell (minors, majors, faculty, etc.). Friday Sep 19 at 12:20 in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw Hall).


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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). A selected reading, “Chapter 1: On Assemblages and Machines,” will be distributed prior to meeting at 12:10 (over brown bag lunch) on Sept. 18, 2014 inthe Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw) to discuss it.

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CIAMS Seminar: Jennifer Birch, University of Georgia, Settlement Aggregation and Community Transformation: Organizational Complexity in Precontact Iroquoia. Friday Sep 12, 2014, 4:30 pm 142 Goldwin Smith Hall. Through a well-documented sequence from Northeastern North America Birch explores the lived experience of coalescence and how it related to changes in subsistence, warfare, the built environment, socio-political organization, and interregional interaction. Dr. Birch was also our guest for a RadioCIAMS podcast, which you can listen to here.

WachsmannAIA Lecture: Shelley Wachsmann, PhD (Texas A&M University), “Wheels, Wagons and the Transport of Ships Overland in Antiquity,” Tues 6 pm Nov 11, 2014, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. This lecture examines the evidence for ships, boats—and particularly their replicas—having been transported overland, the reasons for doing so, and the different manners in which this was done, particularly in Egypt and Greece. 

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/

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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