Category Archives: CIAMS Seminar

Brown Bag: Jo Safaer, ‘Creativity in Clay: Bronze Age Ceramics in the Carpathian Basin’

University of Southampton archaeologist Joanna Sofaer presents ‘Creativity in Clay: Bronze Age Ceramics in the Carpathian Basin’ over BYO lunch (some refreshments on hand). Thurs, Feb 27, 12 noon, 125 McGraw (Landscapes and Objects Lab).
Abstract: In this paper I want to discuss creativity in the making and use of Bronze Age ceramics in the Carpathian Basin. Creativity is a quality that is highly valued, but not always well understood. Studies of creativity frequently focus on the modern era yet creativity has always been part of human history. It is impossible to understand the development of the new – the imagination, ideas and innovations that form human history – without invoking creativity. I want to address these issues by exploring creativity as a cultural and material phenomenon through a series of case studies.

CIAMS Seminar: Jennifer Birch, Precontact Iroquoia [CANCELED]

j birch_2CIAMS Seminar: Jennifer Birch, University of Georgia, Settlement Aggregation and Community Transformation: Organizational Complexity in Precontact Iroquoia. Fri Feb 21, 5 pm 110 [CANCELED: unfortunately bad weather forced cancellation of Dr. Birch's flight. We will keep you apprised of any rescheduling] White Hall. 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.

ANTH Colloquium: J. Sofaer, ‘Cartographies of the body…’

Joanna SoafaerANTH Colloqium: Joanna Sofaer, U. of Southampton, “Cartographies of the Body: Practice and Challenge in Human Bioarchaeology,” Fri, Feb 28, 3:30 McGraw 215. This paper explores bioarchaeological practice in terms of the mapping of the human body.  Traditional bioarchaeological ‘surveys’ of the body present methodological and conceptual tensions in understanding and representing the complexity of shape and the 3-dimensionality of the human skeleton. The latter are critical to obtaining insights into past lifeways and human experience since the body is a form of material culture that responds to interaction with the world. A reflection upon bioarchaeological practice provokes intellectual and methodological challenges in moving forward the considerable potential of the field. Co-sponsored by CIAMS.

CIAMS Seminar: Manning, ‘Becoming Urban’ at Maroni, Cyprus

CIAMS Seminar: Sturt Manning presented “Becoming Urban: Investigating the Anatomy of the Maroni Late Bronze Age Complex,” Monday Sep 23, G122 Goldwin Smith Hall, 4.30-6.00 pm. Manning summarized recent excavations and surveys that have involved a number of Cornell graduate students and shown how ground penetrating radar (GPR) can reveal urban development without costly, time-consuming excavation