Category Archives: CIAMS Lectures

CIAMS Lecture Series: Bill Angelbeck

On Thursday, September 17, Dr. Bill Angelbeck (Douglas College) will speak on “Applying Modes of Production Analysis to Non-State, or Anarchic, Societies” based on his research in the American Northwest.

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The concept of modes of production has been a constructive form of analysis for chiefdom and state societies archaeologically. Here, I consider the analysis of modes of production among complex hunter-gatherers such as the Coast Salish. As first applied by Marx (and later by Eric Wolf), the analysis involved a large-scale approach to historical epochs concerning economy, tying together the means of production (tools) to the relations of production (sociopolitical organization). Yet, conceived at an epochal scale, the utility for archaeologists working within the Northwest Coast is rather generalized (e.g., “kinship mode of production”), without much explanatory power. Here, I offer that the analysis of modes of production can be effective if we apply it not broadly to characterize entire epochs but towards economies at the microscale, assessing seasonal rounds. In the Coast Salish past, this reveals socioeconomic modes of production that are multifaceted annually and over time.













CIAMS: Sergey Makhortykh on the Scythians of the North Black Sea

sergey 1Cornell 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.

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).



Liz Robinson, “From Independent Town to Roman Municipium: the integration of Larinum into the Roman State”

Robinson_ImageElizabeth 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 Lecture: Peter van Dommelen on the Iron Age West Mediterranean

PeterVanDomellen-650x487CIAMS Lecture: Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology Peter van Dommelen (Brown University) presents “Connected Communities: Undocumented Migration and Material Practices in the West Mediterranean,” Wed. Nov. 5 5:30 pm, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall.

Dr. van Dommelen carries out fieldwork on Sardinia, concentrating on landscapes, colonialism and connectivity in the 1st millennium BCE.

CIAMS Lecture: Nadine Moeller on Second Intermediate Period Egypt

Moeller EdfuCIAMS Lecture: Nadine Moeller (Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) presents The context of the Khayan sealings from Tell Edfu: Chronological and historical implications for the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt.” Dr. Moeller has been directing the Tell Edfu Project since 2001, and has excavated in Egypt at Abu Raswash, Memphis, Zawiet Sultan (Zawiet el-Meitin), Theban West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Dendera and Elephantine. Monday Oct 6, 4:30 G22 Goldwin Smith Hall.

CIAMS Lecture: Jennifer Birch, Precontact Iroquoia

j birch_2CIAMS Lecture: Jennifer Birch, University of Georgia, Settlement Aggregation and Community Transformation: Organizational Complexity in Precontact Iroquoia. Friday Sep 12 at place and time TBA.  Through a well-documented sequence from Northeastern North America Birch explores the lived experience of coalescence and how it related to changes in subsistence, warfare, the built environment, socio-political organization, and interregional interaction.