CIAMS 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 (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, 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.
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.
ANTH 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 Lecture: Philipp Stockhammer (Heidelberg University), “Appropriation and Use of Aegean Pottery in the LBA Southern Levant.” Thurs Mar 13, 4:30 pm, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall. More on the speaker here...
CIAMS Lecture: Felix Höflmayer, post-doctoral scholar, Oriental Institute, presented “Chronologies of Collapse: Climate Change and late Early Bronze Age Transformations in the Ancient Near East,” Monday Oct 7, 4:30 pm, 110 White Hall. Co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
CIAMS Lecture: 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