Category Archives: lectures

Michael Malpass on Middle Horizon Andean Chronology

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 Workshop: Big Data with Ben Arbuckle

big data ArbucklePlease 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.  

CIAMS Lecture: Ben Arbuckle on Neolithic Animal Economies

sheep for arbuckleBenjamin 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).



Perri Gerard-Little, “A New Approach to Recursive Human-Landscape Relations in Iroquoia”

Perri picCIAMS 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 at 12 noon in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). Her draft paper is available via email to a week in advance. 

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NYSAA: Jeff Zorn, Storage Pits and the State in Iron Age Israel

Displaying Standing on Hole-y Ground.jpgNew York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) presents Jeff Zorn (Cornell University):  “Standing on Hole-y Ground: Storage Pits at Tell en-Naṣbeh and the Role of the State.” 
Tell en-Naṣbeh, probably biblical Mizpah of Benjamin, was excavated by W. F. Badè of Pacific School of Religion in five seasons between 1926 and 1935. About two-thirds of the 3.2 hectare/8 acre site was uncovered, providing an almost unparalleled example of settlement planning at a mid-size, fortified, rural Israelite town of the Iron Age. A unique and enigmatic feature of the site is a band of ca. 60 storage pits located around the southern periphery of the site, just inside the town’s massive fortifications. This talk explores whether these pits represent private or public storage (initiated by the Judean monarchy) and suggests that the evidence supports the latter theory.
Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 pm, 208 Center for Natural Sciences Bldg. Ithaca College. 

Angela Campbell (Metropolitan Museum), Conserving Works on Paper

Art | Science Intersections lecture 
Conserving Works on Paper
Thursday February 26, 5:15 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art 

Angela Campbell, assistant paper conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss pursuing a career as a conservator of works of art on paper.  

This free public lecture is supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and held in conjunction with the exhibition An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection and the seminar “Art | Science Intersections,” a collaboration between the Johnson Museum, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). Additional support was provided through the generosity of Helen-Mae and Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47, and of Joseph W. Simon ’80 and Ernest F. Steiner ’63 in honor of Vera C. Simon ’55.

The entire Museum is open Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. now through April 30. Parking for this event is FREE at the metered spots in front of the Museum, and visitors can park at ANY Cornell parking garage. The closest is at Martha Van Rensselaer Hall off Forest Home Drive, about a five-minute walk east of the Museum.