New 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.
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.
Jennifer L Muller (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College) gives a New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) lecture, “Nineteenth century perceptions of morality and disability: impacts on mortuary context and pathology among the children of the Erie County Poorhouse cemetery (1851-1913),” Thurs Feb 5, 6:30 at CNS 208, Ithaca College. Continue reading
Elizabeth Robinson (Binghamton University) gives a CIAMS lecture, “From Independent Town to Roman Municipium: the integration of Larinum into the Roman State,” Monday Feb 9 at 5 pm in Goldwin Smith Hall G22. She is also the guest speaker for a RadioCIAMS podcast recorded Feb 10. guest Dr. Robinson works primarily on the cultural and physical landscapes of Italy in the first millennium BCE and the nature of Roman interactions with the other inhabitants of the Italian peninsula in this period. She has excavated at Paestum, surveyed in the Upper Simeto Valley, and spent several seasons with the Gabii Project. Recently she has directed a resurvey of sites surrounding Larinum. See abstract below. Continue reading
CIAMS Workshop: 2014 CIAMS MA graduate Cynthia Kocik discusses her work-in-progress, “The Edges of Wood: Dendrochronological Analysis of Three Seneca Iroquois Log Structures at Letchworth State Park, New York,” in open seminar format. Draft will be available from firstname.lastname@example.org a week prior, so you may come with questions, and brown bag lunch if desired. Thurs Feb 5, 12:10 pm in Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw Hall).
NYSAA Lecture: Nobel prize-winner Roald Hoffmann (Dept. Chemistry, Cornell)speaks on the topic “Protochemistries are a Bridge.” Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 pm in Room 208 of Ithaca College’s Center for Natural Sciences. The talk is free and open to the public, so please bring friends and pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested!
People did chemistry, darn good chemistry too, before there were ever chemists. For transformations of matter are inherent in the human condition. In winning metals from their ores, using them in weapons and decorative objects, in preparing and preserving food, in cosmetics, medicines, ceramics, in tanning leather, in dyes, in cleansing and mummification, craftsmen and women in every culture came up with some superb experimental chemistry. Stories of protochemistry, some of which I will relate, to this day form a natural bridge between chemists and nonchemists , between chemistry and culture.
CIAMS post-doctoral fellow Uthara Suvrathan, “Complexity on the Periphery: Studying Regional Centers and Local Elite in Peninsular India (c. 1st to 18th c. CE).” Part of the Anthropology Colloquium series. Co-sponsored by CIAMS. Fri, Nov 21, 3:30 pm, 215 McGraw Hall. Free and open to the public.
Brown University Visiting Scholar Susan H. Allen discusses her recent book, Classical Spies, Thurs Nov 13, 4:30 in Goldwin Smith 122.
Allen’s book is the first insiders’ account of the operations of the American intelligence service in World War II Greece. Initiated by archaeologists in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, the network drew on scholars’ personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain. While modern readers might think Indiana Jones is just a fantasy character, Classical Spies discloses events where even Indy would feel at home: burying Athenian dig records in an Egyptian tomb, activating prep-school connections to establish spies code-named Vulture and Chickadee, and organizing parachute drops.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES), the Classics Department, Near Eastern Studies, and Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS).
Cornell Art History Assistant Professor Ben Anderson discusses his work in progress, “‘An alternative discourse': local interpreters of antiquities in the Ottoman Empire,” in open forum/workshop. Bringing own lunch encouraged. Fri Nov 14 , 2014 at 12:00, Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw). Reading distributed to CIAMS members via email; send request to email@example.com. Part of the CIAMS Workshop series.