Classics: Rubina Raja (Professor, Classical Archaeology and Art, Institute for Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark), “Changing the Urban Picture Through High Definition Archaeology: Urban Development in Jerash (Jordan) from the Roman to the Mamluk Period,” Friday, April 17, 2015 4:30 PM, 122 Goldwin Smith Hall, with reception to follow in 119 GSH.
Cornell Fulbright Scholar (Anthropology) Sergey Makhortykh, “The Scythians of the North Black Sea Region,” Wed April 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. The nomadic Scythians of Ukraine are the subject of ever increasing scientific and public interest. This presentation explores their history and culture as well as their contacts with the outside world. Reception with food and drink in the Art History Lounge to follow.
AIA Lecture: Gregory S. Aldrete (U. Wisconsin-Green Bay) Hammers, Axes, Bulls, and Blood: Practical Aspects of Roman Animal Sacrifice, Tuesday, April 7, 6:00pm Goldwin Smith Hall Room G22. Reception to follow.
New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA): Michael A. Malpass (Anthropology, Ithaca College), “The Middle Horizon Site of Sonay: New Radiocarbon Dates (!) and Interpretations (?)” , Thursday, April 2 ant 6:30 pm in room 208 of the Center for Natural Sciences at Ithaca College.
Abstract: Wari is a state-level society that existed throughout the central and south central Andes during the Middle Horizon(ca 600-1000 C.E.) of the Andean chronological scheme. Sonay is considered to be a small Wari center in southern Peru. It consists of an orthogonal compound with very few artifacts. In the 1990s, it was dated to the late Middle Horizon by two calibrated dates in the tenth century and architectural similarities to other Wari sites. However, the late dates and absence of good Wari ceramics was, and is, an issue. Colleagues have suggested the site might represent an attempt by a later local lord to copy Wari material culture in order to improve her or his status. Two new dates were obtained for the site last year and will be discussed along with the assessment of which of the earlier interpretations is correct. The broader issue to be addressed is how much and what kind of data are needed to make cultural affiliations? Are some data types given preference over others?
CIAMS Lecture: Steven Wernke (Anthropology Vanderbilt U.), “Paradoxes of Place Production at a Planned Colonial Town in Highland Peru,” Thurs Mar 26 at 5 pm in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. Dr. Wernke studies community organization, landscape and the transformation of religious forms and practices during prehispanic and colonial times in the Andes.
Anthropology Colloquium: Matthew Johnson (Northwestern U.), “Understanding Bodiam Castle,” Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:30 to 5:00 pm, 215 McGraw Hall. Professor Johnson is an archaeologist specializing in the complex societies of Britain and Europe, AD1200-1800. He will also be guest speaker for a RadioCIAMS podcast.
Please come join Ben Arbuckle (UNC Chapel Hill) and other grad students for a brown-bag workshop on Tuesday, March 17th at noon in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (125 McGraw). Ben will talk about “big data” projects in archaeology, which combine data sets from large areas and use them to answer large-scale questions related to things such as the timing and routes of domestication, the movement of ancient genetic populations, the origins and spread of secondary products, etc. Ben will distribute some interesting things to read and then open it up for a discussion about trends in the discipline, research design, opportunities, and more.
Benjamin Arbuckle (Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Exploring the origins, spread, and diversity of Neolithic animal economies in SW Asia.” Monday March 16, 2015 at 5 pm in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. Arbuckle’s research addresses topics ranging from the origins and spread of domestic livestock in the Neolithic to the social and economic uses of animals in early complex societies. He directs the ‘Central Anatolian Pastoralism Project,’ and has worked at Çadır Höyük, Acemhöyük, Köşk Höyük, and Direkli Mağarası (all in Turkey).
CIAMS Workshop: Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Perri Gerard-Little shares her work-in-progress, “A New Approach to Recursive Human-Landscape Relations in Iroquoia,” in open discussion. Tues Apr 7 2015 at 12 noon in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). Her draft paper is available via email to email@example.com a week in advance.
Cornell Anthropology presents a dialogue, “Global Heritage in the 21st Century,” featuring Peter G. Gould (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) and Cornell alum Christina Luke (Boston University). Friday March 6 2015 at 3:30 pm in 165 McGraw Hall. Co-sponsored by CIAMS, free and open to the public.