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Manning and international team date climate change and collapse ca. 2200 BCE

Egyptian coffinClimate change caused empire’s fall, tree rings reveal
By Linda B. Glaser (photo:  Ipi-ha-ishutef’s coffin, S. Cristanetti, A. Whyte/Oriental Institute)
A handful of tree ring samples stored in an old cigar box have shed unexpected light on the ancient world, thanks to research by archaeologist Sturt Manning and collaborators at Cornell, Arizona, Chicago, Oxford and Vienna, forthcoming in the June issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle…

CIAMS and Museum Practice

HFJ-Graduate-AlexMellon courses are curating interest in museum practice

[from the Cornell Chronicle] By Daniel Aloi

Students are learning the ins and outs of museum practice from a range of disciplinary perspectives in courses using Cornell resources in collaboration with the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. “Connecting Research with Practice,” an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will ultimately spawn eight collection-based courses co-taught by Cornell faculty members and museum curators and educators. The courses feature class sessions in the museum, visits to campus laboratories, study trips and guest lecturers from Cornell and beyond. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle…

Chronicle: Smith’s Civilization Class Digs into Cornell Future

SmithClass4-28aClass examines Cornell past and future
By Linda B. Glaser (photo by Jason Koski/University Photography)

Anthropology professor Adam Smith instructs students during his “Rise and Fall of ‘Civilization’” class.
“Welcome to Cornell Ruins National Park,” Adam T. Smith tells his students. “We’re lucky today. We have a cache of objects to examine discovered in the ruins of McGraw Hall.” This “Rise and Fall of ‘Civilization’” class examines traditional archaeological topics, like kingship and the origins of cities, partly by looking at our current civilization through the lens of a single site – the Cornell campus as it would look 1,000 years from now. Read more…


Dendro Lab receives NSF grant

NSF supports research to pinpoint early Biblical timeline, By Daniel Aloi

The Department of Classics has received a $200,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating research in the Near East, based at Cornell’s Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Laboratory for Aegean and Near Eastern Dendrochronology. Lab Director Sturt Manning, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cornell, is co-principal investigator with Timothy Jull, director of the University of Arizona’s Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Facility. Together with a postdoctoral scholar, students and other colleagues, they will collect and analyze tree rings from southern Jordan, Europe and North America to establish a high-resolution radiocarbon timeline for archaeological and environmental dating in the eastern Mediterranean. More info…