Monthly Archives: September 2013

Joyce and Smith podcast, ‘Why archaeology matters’

Adam T. Smith and Cornell Alum Rosemary Joyce appear on webcast, “Why Archaeology Matters: A Crisis in Federal Funding of Archaeological Research.“  A rejoinder to the September 30, 2013 USA Today article by House Representatives Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith that criticized government funding of science research through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hosted by Joseph Schuldenrein.

CIAMS Seminar: Manning, ‘Becoming Urban’ at Maroni, Cyprus

CIAMS Seminar: Sturt Manning presented “Becoming Urban: Investigating the Anatomy of the Maroni Late Bronze Age Complex,” Monday Sep 23, G122 Goldwin Smith Hall, 4.30-6.00 pm. Manning summarized recent excavations and surveys that have involved a number of Cornell graduate students and shown how ground penetrating radar (GPR) can reveal urban development without costly, time-consuming excavation

From Excavation to Exhibit

“From Excavation to Exhibit: The Trajectory of Objects Between Site and Public” (ARKEO 6205/ANTHR 6205) was the first semester-long course offered at the Johnson Museum, in collaboration with the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS), as part of a Museum initiative supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fall 2013 course was cotaught by Adam Smith, archaeologist and professor of anthropology at Cornell, and Ellen Avril, the Johnson Museum’s chief curator and curator of Asian art.

Focusing on the links that articulate archaeological and museological practice, and the controversies that divide them, “From Excavation to Exhibit” examined the paths that objects take in their journey from recovery at archaeological sites to their appearance within museum exhibits. Sections on archaeology, collections, and exhibitions, with a focus on provenance and related issues, formed the structure of the course. As the course proceeded, it became clear that the archaeological site and the museum are set within an extraordinarily complex set of institutions, legal frameworks, political struggles, economic exchange networks, and cultural practices, all of which shape how an object eventually engages the public. One of the goals of the course was to encourage dialogue and find common ground in the ways that both professions commit to preserve, care for and present objects in their fullest contexts for scholarly and public benefit. Continue reading

Abel Beth Maacah, Israel 2013

Professors Lauren Monroe and Christopher Monroe (both of Near Eastern Studies and CIAMS) along with four Cornell undergraduates and three recent graduates joined colleagues Nava Panitz-Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Robert Mullins (Azusa Pacific University) in launching excavations at Tel Abel Beth Maacah in northern Israel during summer 2013. The field school, directed by Professor Lauren Monroe, emphasized archaeological science/micro-archaeology and introduced students to the history and geography of the region. More on the project…

KAMBE (Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments), Cyprus 2013

Professor Sturt Manning (Classics and CIAMS), along with graduate students from the Departments of Classics and Anthropology and geophysicist Thomas Urban from the University of Oxford, returned to Cyprus during summer 2013 to map the major Late Bronze Age (1700-1200 BCE) settlement around the site of Maroni Vournes in southern Cyprus using geophysical methods, and to assist in initial investigations of another Late Bronze Age site slightly west along the coast at Tochni Laksia in collaboration with a University of Edinburgh team led by Dr. David Sewell

Project ArAGATS 2013

Professors Lori Khatchadourian (Near Eastern Studies and CIAMS) and Adam Smith (Anthropology and CIAMS) returned to Armenia during summer 2013 for the tenth field season of Project ArAGATS,  the joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies. In partnership with project co-director Dr. Ruben Badalyan of Armenia’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, and with the help of graduate students from Cornell and the University of Chicago, resumed excavations at the Bronze and Iron Age sites of Gegharot and Tsaghkahovit. More on the activities of Project ArAGATS…